Nervous Laughter: The Parody of Whiteness

October 26, 2023 | 5PM EST

The Hemispheric Institute is proud to present Insurgent Bodies: Black Performance in Brazil, a series of virtual conversations about contemporary Black Brazilian performance curated and hosted by scholar and performance artist Rodrigo Severo. For the series, Severo has invited the artists Priscila Rezende, Ana Musidora, Lucimélia Romão, and Renata Felinto to exhibit selections of their work, which they will discuss in the context of the racial regimes of visibility and exclusion that both ground and animate their practice.

This series celebrates the publication of the Performance Negra no Brasil (Black Performance in Brazil) collection in the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL), which was curated by Severo during his Mellon residency at Institute in 2021-2022. This extraordinary archive brings together signal works of some of the most important contemporary Black Brazilian performance artists, including the participants in the series as well as Ayrson Heráclito, Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro, Luanah Cruz, Tina Melo, Micaela Cyrino, and the Preta Performance Collective. As part of HIDVL, these videos will be preserved in perpetuity and made publicly available for streaming.

All conversations will be in Portuguese with simultaneous English translation.

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