Colonial Archives, Erotics, and Latin/x American Performance

Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 6PM EST

This symposium on “Colonial Archives, Erotics, and Latin/x American Performance” brings together three artists—Carlos Motta, Yelaine Rodríguez, and Emilio Rojas—whose work has imaginatively engaged their own partly eroticized, partly obscured bodies to read new meaning into colonial devotions, records, narratives, and artifacts. These artists use queer performance art and erotic embodiment to critique colonizing representations and the breath radical potential into archived pasts and collected objects. Each will present work related explicitly to the erotics of colonial archives, leading to a roundtable conversation moderated by Josefina Saldaña Portillo and Zeb Tortorici on the intersections of colonial archives, sexuality, performance art, and decolonial praxis in the present. The event will be followed by a reception.

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10011

Organized with the Center for the Study for Gender and Sexuality, The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and The Latinx Project at New York University