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.
Will Fredo is an afro-indigenous non-binary artist exploring power dynamics, cultural dislocation and the intersection of pop culture, decolonial thought, blackness, indigeneity, kuirness and technology. Since 2017 Will has been part of Contemporary And (C&), an art platform focused on international perspectives.
In their artistic practice Fredo works with image, text and body to explore decoloniality and Global South epistemologies. Will has exhibited with institutions including Museum Ludwig, HKW, Goethe Institut Bogotá, Körnerpark Galerie Berlin, Sharjah Film Platform, Eastside Projects, Ural Biennial, apexart NYC, Galleria Fonti Napoli, Pagoda Imaginaria Guatemala, Sammlung des Bundes in Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Creamcake, Athens Biennale, among many others.
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.