Fertilizing Mourning at the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art

Thanks to an invite from Sarrita Hunn, Florencia Portocarrero and me spoke recently at the SFSIA 2022 Deep Ecology in the Cognitive Capitalocene. Our talk Fertilizing Mourning: From Representation to Thinking With can be watched here.

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More than 60% of the Peruvian territory is part of the Amazon. Locally known as the Selva–this vast economically and politically neglected region– is currently the center of some of the most important debates in terms of sustainability and planetary biopolitics, as well as a crucial site for the struggles for the rights of diverse indigenous communities and the preservation of their ancestral knowledge. Despite the high degree of social conflict experienced in the Amazon area due to illegal mining and internal-colonial processes of land appropriation by the state, over the last fifteen years its multiple and heterogeneous artistic production has received increasing attention at a national and international level; mainly thanks to the work of artists (indigenous and not indigenous), academics and curators, who have devoted themselves to the research, promotion and dissemination of what is currently considered one of the most solid scenes in Peru. Even though all these efforts have been important to make visible the importance of Amazonian cultural production, they have mainly operated in the representational realm, rarely addressing the primitive accumulation processes hat traverse the region and its inhabitants. In conversation with curator Florencia Portocarrero, In “Fertilizing mourning: from representation to thinking with”, artist Eliana Otta will introduce her latest project, which based on  Yana Allpa–a technique that was devised thousands of years ago by Amazonian communities to guarantee soil regeneration– proposes us to adopt a native way of knowing and learning from people who have already survived the ending of their world and, therefore, may be better equipped for living in a damaged and more complex planet.

Exercises on Dwelling by Oi Mouries at Pedion tou Areos Park

Exercises on Dwelling

Mouries Collective invites you to participatory performances and ponderings on dwelling in the contemporary urban habitat. By bringing together words, temporary structures and movement research we will explore, through collective inhabitation inside the park, issues of comfort, safety, privacy, community, isolation, rest and routine.

Mouries Collective is a fluid group composed by different women at different times. We originally gathered due to our common interests in healing and divination practices. We found motivation and focus through a shared interest in the possibility of communicating with trees and plants. Through our projects we develop methods, thoughts and intuitions for creating connections with all beings who inhabit the land with us.

We want to ignite a liberating space for healing, acknowledge the coexistence of different life experiences and expand our understanding of storytelling. We aim to deepen our perception and explore the terrains between intimacy and public space, with nature as our companion in the city. By learning to hear the hills and listen to the fields, we can all learn to hear each other.

We wish to provide tools that can help us reproduce ourselves collectively and individually while (creatively yet care-fully) exploring affective modes of relating as the basis of a shared practice.

At this moment in time we are Isabel Gutierez Sanchez, Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki, Thalia Dimitropoulou, Maria Juliana Byck, Artemis Papageorgiou, Eliana Otta and Sanem Su Avcı.

5:00 pm PEDION TOU AREOS
Exercises on Dwelling (performance, 45΄)
Idea & Creation: Oi Mouries
Meeting Point: Entrance to the park from Alexandras, Statue of Athina

Part of EIGHT / ΤΟ ΟΧΤΩ, critical institute for arts and politics
HILLS AND FIELDS https://fb.me/e/1JxDDMsLk
11-16 Μay 2022
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Refundación at eco-Logix show in Vienna

Very happy to have my video Refundación and my pictures Offering’s apprentice shown at the eco-Logix exhibition, curated by Fernando Schrupp Rivero @fernandoschrupp and Nadja Verena Marcin @nadjaverenamarcin in Vienna! 

«The six 𝕖𝕔𝕠-𝕃𝕠𝕘𝕚𝕩 artists/researchers have come together in admiration for life and their immediate environments – built and lived; human and non-human; made of affections, imaginations, and struggles. Through nuanced embodied methods and poetic movements, they examine histories of human/non-human intervention on the planet and in our own bodies. Using the mediums of video, sculpture, photography, and drawing, this reflective course reveals absurdities, ambiguities, disparities, and, above all, hope.❤️

Exhibition Dates: June 10-15, 2022

A big thank you to @kunstraum_flat1 for hosting our show for five and a half consecutive days in Vienna.» 

Duelos postergados, duelos imposibles, duelos fertilizantes

Fue el nombre de la charla que realicé como parte del Programa de Destinos y Presagios Compartidos organizado por Bisagra.

«Organizado por Bisagra con el apoyo de la DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, el Programa de destinos y presagios compartidos invita a ensayar ideas y crear herramientas que hagan posible el desarrollo de subjetividades y vínculos sociales alternativos a los proscritos por la conservadora sensibilidad —subproducto de la tríada conformada por el colonialismo, el capitalismo y el patriarcado—aún dominante en Lima.

Concebido como un espacio para reflexionar sobre la posibilidad de un presente y futuro en común, este proyecto educativo surge como reacción a las crisis superpuestas — sanitaria, política, social y económica— que hemos atravesado en los últimos dos años. Combinando discusiones en torno a experiencias basadas en las prácticas de quienes participen, así como fomentando el intercambio de conocimientos y una convivialidad horizontal, nos proponemos imaginar juntxs qué implica sentar las bases para destinos compartidos.

A lo largo del programa buscaremos puntos de encuentro para fortalecer nuevas formas de estar en el mundo, que giren en torno a la sostenibilidad, reciprocidad y a formas no depredatorias de relacionarnos con el planeta. Intentando responder a diversos y simultáneos procesos de extinción, la invitación es a invocar futuros lejanos al antropocentrismo y las divisiones dicotómicas que organizan la modernidad. ¿Cómo puede el arte fomentar ese desaprendizaje?¿Cuáles son las responsabilidades actuales de creadores peruanxs, habitando un territorio marcado por heridas coloniales, que alberga gran biodiversidad y gran parte de la Amazonía? ¿Cómo mirar al futuro mientras aún sentimos los efectos de la pandemia y las últimas elecciones en nuestras mentes, corazones, cuerpos, hogares y calles?

Buscando expandir los límites de la comprensión racional, exploraremos otros futuros posibles mediante la imaginación, la ficción y la adivinación; guiadxs por colegas que estudian las conexiones entre esta y otras realidades, este y otros tiempos, cuerpos físicos y celestes, ideas, intuiciones y sueños. El Programa de destinos y presagios compartidos combinará rigurosidad con juego, análisis con especulación, teoría con conocimiento encarnado, política y afectos.
Respondiendo a las medidas de seguridad del Covid-19, el programa tendrá una primera parte virtual y una segunda presencial con formato de residencia intensa de una semana de duración. La etapa virtual contará con dos reuniones semanales entre el 18 de octubre y el 18 de diciembre: una clínica de obra los lunes y una charla con invitadxs especiales los sábados. La etapa presencial tendrá lugar la segunda semana de enero del 2022. Durante este encuentro se espera que lxs participantes organicen el número 5 de la revista Bisagra.

El Programa de destinos y presagios compartidos es gratuito y tiene cupo para 13 participantes que serán elegidxs por el equipo de Bisagra.»