Art and Feminisms in Latin America

  • Por um Fio

    Anna Maria Maiolino Por um Fio, da série Fotopoemação (By a Thread, from the series Photopoemaction) 1976 Photo: Regina Vater Courtesy the artist

Past Event

This event was on Sat 26 Oct, 2pm-6pm


Drawing on Anna Maria Maiolino’s exhibition, this afternoon of presentations and discussions convened by guest curator Kiki Mazzucchelli invites artists, curators and academics to delve into art made by women in Latin America today.

The first part focuses on feminisms and curatorial practice: Sofia Gotti discusses the concept of ‘radical bilingualism’ through the lens of Anna Maria Maiolino’s work; Cecilia Fajardo-Hill explores questions related to gender, sexuality and the erotic, including today’s Latinx and Latin American queer and transfeminist artists; Cédric Fauq draws on the exhibition Still I Rise – Feminisms, Gender, Resistance (co-curated by Irene Aristizabal, Rosie Cooper and Fauq) to look into intersectional thinking and how feminism and gender might be envisioned in the future. The second part explores how materiality, subjectivity and form are intertwined in the practice of artists Erika Verzutti  and Tonico Lemos Auad through their sculptural and textile works.

Coinciding with the exhibition Anna Maria Maiolino: Making Love Revolutionarythe event draws on selected artworks to address ideas around materiality, language and subjectivity, considering the intersections between the personal and the political at times when voices are being silenced.


14.00    Welcome by Sofia Victorino, Director of Education and Public Programmes, Whitechapel Gallery

14.05    Introduction by Kiki Mazzucchelli, Curator, London

14.15    Sofia Gotti, Curator and Researcher, University of Cambridge

14.35    Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Curator

14.55    Cédric Fauq, Curator, Nothingham Contemporary

15.15    Panel discussion chaired by Kiki Mazzucchelli. Followed by Q&A.

16.00    Break

16.20    Panel discussion Erika Verzutti, Tonico Lemos Auad and Kiki Mazzucchelli. Followed by Q&A.

17.45    End

About the Speakers

Cecilia Fajardo-Hill is a British/Venezuelan art historian and curator in modern and contemporary art, specialized in Latin American art. She was the Chief Curator at the Museum of Latin American Art, MOLAA in Long Beach; the Director and Chief curator of the Cisneros Fontanals Arts Foundation (CIFO) and the Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, Miami, USA, and the Director of Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela. Fajardo-Hill was co- curator of Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2017). She is currently co-curating the exhibition XicanXperimental (Phoenix Museum, 2021). Presently she is co-editor of two tomes on 20th and 21th century Guatemalan art (Arte GT 20/21 and Cultural Agents Initiative of Harvard University) and the editor of Remains – Tomorrow: Themes in Contemporary Latin American Abstraction.

Erika Verzutti (b. 1971, São Paulo, Brazil) studied industrial design at Universidade Mackenzie (1991) and Fine Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London (2000). Using classical materials such as clay and bronze, Verzutti breaks away from formal practices to incorporate “accidents” such as paint runs, splatters and scratches. Many of her sculptures reveal a special attention to nature. Her recent solo exhibitions include Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019), Aspen art Museum, Aspen (2019), Pivô, São Paulo (2016), Sculpture Center, New York (2015); Tang Museum, New York (2014). She exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), 32ª Bienal de São Paulo (2016), 34th Panorama of Brazilian Art, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2015), 2013 Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2013), 9th Mercosul Biennial (Porto Alegre, 2013) and the 11th Biennale de Lyon (Lyon, 2011). Her work is present in collections like Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo and Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo, among others.

Cédric Fauq is Curator at Nottingham Contemporary. He recently curated Le Colt est Jeune & Haine at DOC, Paris and The Share of Opulence; Doubled; Fractional at Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna. Upcoming projects include an exhibition at Cordova, Barcelona. His independent practice focuses on developing exhibitions and performances aiming at complexifying the relationship between display / blackness / representation. He previously worked for Baltic Triennial 13 (Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania), David Roberts Art Foundation (London), Kunstraum (London), Lafayette Anticipations (Paris) and Galerie Crèvecoeur (Paris). He is also the co-founder of, a North-London based project space (2016 – 2018).

Sofia Gotti’s research focuses on feminist art practices in Latin America and Italy. She currently lectures at Nuova Accademia delle Belle Arti, Milan, and at The Courtauld Institute of Art. As a curator, she has worked with organizations including The Feminist Institute, Castello di Rivoli, FM-Centre for Contemporary Art, Tate Modern and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Starting in 2020 she will join the History of Art department at the University of Cambridge as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow.

Kiki Mazzucchelli is an independent curator, editor and writer. Amongst her recent exhibition projects are Flávio de Carvalho (S2, London, 2019), Conjuro de ríos ( Museo de Arte – Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2018), Ivens Machado: The Raw of the World (Pivô, São Paulo, 2016) and the Site Santa Fe Biennial (Site Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2016). She is the author of numerous essays focusing on artists from Latin America and recently organised Tonico Lemos Auad’s monograph (Koenig, 2018) and Marcelo Cidade: Blind Wall (Cobogó, 2016).

Tonico Lemos Auad (b. 1968 Belém, Brazil, lives and works in London, UK) works across installation, sculpture and textiles, with processes that involve materiality, architecture and human relations. His work has been exhibited widely internationally; Recent group exhibitions include New Materialism, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); Enchanted Bodies/Fetish for freedom Gammec Galleria d’art Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy (2018), Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2017). In 2016 he had a major solo exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion, Eat Sussex, UK.

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