Bodies frictions/fictions: Is the future female?

Cristiana Tejo

We are living through a historic moment, in which the world seems to have come to an end. In a sort of continuous present, we can see the gears of global capitalism slowing down, and an entire way of life suspended because of a virus. Suddenly, future plans and projections become impossible, making a certain way of life impractical. In the meantime, as the indigenous leader Ailton Krenak reminds us, what is being threatened is a world which was built on the beliefs of white people, given that the world of the original peoples of the vast territory called America ended when the Europeans invaded it and imposed their institutions, languages and cosmology onto it.

At the same time, another suspension of certainties sweeps over the planet: social movements, especially feminist and anti-racist, question the racist and patriarchal colonial structures of the Western world operating across the globe, and reclaim not only the counter-narratives of the past, but also the possibility of re-building society on truly new foundations. The body is the trench in this current war and, despite common sense affirming that the Coronavírus is a democratic pathogen, international numbers point to the fact that, in countries with greater social inequalities, the majority of fatal victims are racialized and subalternized people. On the other hand, research indicates that the best global leaders dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic are women. This data seems to corroborate the demands for structural transformation. Will the future be female?

Bodies frictions/fictions: Is the future female? Does not seek to answer this inquiry, but to show, as a counterpoint to the dystopian present, works by artists who radically re-imagine the world from multiple femininities, and dissident bodies and sexualities. At the same time, these videos appropriate the language of science fiction; an attempt to decolonize the imaginary of the future, sequestered and drained by a technocratic ideology, an extension of the extractive colonial mentality. Therefore, questions about our relationship to technology, nature, desire and the senses are also present, with music presented as manifesto and ritual. The future shall be feminist.


Schedule:August 29, at 7:00 pm (GMT+1)

Cristiana Tejo


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