A series of performative conversations on Queer/Cuir/Kuir Ecologies with artists from different territories of Abya Yala, hosted by Colombian-Caribbean artist Atabey Mamasita aka Carlos Maria Romero.
Integrating the format of a performative talk with one of a conversation, during the course of an hour, the artists will share their sensing/feeling/thinking around different technologies of connection, care, reverence, resistance and healing. Coming from afro-diasporic, indigenous and sexodiverse ancestries and communities, the artists will expand on participating, with work, practices and spiritualities, in these ecologies that counter the interlinked systems of oppression, sectioning, enslavement and annihilation of territories and all its living and telluric manifestations.
This conversation will be in Spanish.
The conversation will be later translated & transcripts will be made available on QUEERCIRCLE's website.
Johan Mijail (Dominican Republic, 1990) is a writer, performance artist, and the author of the books Pordioseros del Caribe, Inflamadas de retórica. Escrituras promiscuas para una tecnodecolonialidad (Beggars of the Caribbean, Inflamed with rhetoric. Promiscuous writings for a technodecoloniality), Manifiesto antirracista. Escrituras para una biografía inmigrante (Antiracist Manifesto. Writings for an immigrant biography), and Chapeo.
Their performative work using scriptural and visual work with a transfeminist and decolonial imaginary, has been shown in the United States, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Spain, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Germany, France, and Colombia. She is the director of ‘Catinga Ediciones’, the first publishing house in the Dominican Republic specialized in the printing and promotion of literature produced by Black/Afro-descendant LGBTQI+ people, where she has produced the fanzines Santo Domingo is burning, and La Dominadora.
Carlos Maria Romero aka Atabey Mamasita (1979) is a Colombian Caribbean multidisciplinary artist and curator. Their work takes form through performance, moving image, movement practices, community and pedagogical projects, and interventions to protect and enhance cultural heritage practices and sites relevant to minorities and social cohesion.
Atabey has since 2016 led projects catering to groups of all ages, genders and sexualities, of different migration status and origins, of mixed abilities and to other care and arts practitioners; facilitating embodied, edifying, caring, communal, pleasurable technologies and strategies of reclamation and resistance to hegemonic and historical violence.
Maria Romero often works in collaboration with charities, architects and several international artists and activists collectives, including SPIT! - Sodomites, Perverts, Inverts Together! and Dance at the crossroads (as we walk), who unveil and confront coloniality and racism in international dance networks; constituting a mutual aid sociality of re-membrance where love and beauty is cultivated.
In 2021 their film La Nave featuring the work of the collective La Nave De Lxs Locxs in carnaval in Barranquilla, received the New Cinema Awards from Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, and in 2022 they curated arts and wellbeing festivals for the Latinx community in London with Brixton Reel and Movimientos.
Their works and co-creations have been presented at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Verbo/Galleria Vermehlo (Sao Paulo), Volksbühne (Berlin), Montréal Arts Interculturels, Skopje Pride Week, Antwerp Queer Arts Festival, Migration Matters Festival (Sheffield), Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge), Jupiter Artland (Edinburg), and in London at Thomas Dane Gallery, Auto Italia South East, Cell Projects Space, London Contemporary Music Festival, Royal Academy of Arts among many other places.