David Lamelas (b. 1946, Argentina) is a key figure in the history of conceptual art and experimental film. Comprising film, video, performance, photography, sculpture, installation, and drawing, his complex practice excavates the viewer’s perception and critically assesses the mechanisms of cultural production. Central to Lamelas’s oeuvre is the notion of time and what people make of it. His work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, including David Lamelas, Extranjero, Foreigner, Étranger, Ausländer at the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, and the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (2006), and Time as Activity: David Lamelas at the Hunter College Art Galleries, New York (2021).
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How have artists given form to the intangible aspects of erotic experience in their work?
Please join us for a roundtable conversation with artists David Lamelas, Carlos Motta, Wynnie Mynerva, and La Chola Poblete on how they have approached eroticism—from its radical potential to its oppressive regulations—in their practices. Their discussion will be moderated by curators Mariano López Seoane and Bernardo Mosqueira.
This live event is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Eros Rising: Visions of the Erotic in Latin American Art, curated by Mariano López Seoane and Bernardo Mosqueira, at the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA). The conversation will be in Spanish and hosted on Zoom, and a recording will be made available online after the event.
Carlos Motta (b. 1978, Colombia) documents the social conditions and political struggles of sexual, gender, and ethnic minority communities in his multidisciplinary art practice, challenging normative discourses through acts of self-representation. As a historian of untold narratives, Motta is committed to in-depth research into postcolonial subjects and societies. His work encompasses video, installation, sculpture, drawing, web-based projects, performance, and symposia, and has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the New Museum, New York (2012); the Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg (2015); and the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín (2017).
Wynnie Mynerva (b. 1993, Peru) lives and works in Lima. Taking the form of sumptuous paintings of abstracted figures, their work centers around gender politics, queer aesthetics, and feminine desire, exploring the dichotomy between masculine and feminine in patriarchal society. Mynerva studied the history of art at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and fine arts at the Escuela Nacional Superior Autónoma de Bellas Artes del Perú. They have participated in residencies at Fountainhead in Miami, Uberbau in São Paulo, and AMIL in Lima, and have had recent solo exhibitions at Galería Ginsberg, Lima (2019); the Museo Amano, Lima (2020); and LatchKey Gallery (2021).
La Chola Poblete (b. 1989, Argentina) is a multidisciplinary artist who works in performance, video, photography, painting, and drawing. She studied visual arts at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Her work addresses the dilemmas of her mestiza heritage, focusing on the figure of the chola, a cultural identity in which the tensions inherent to the Indigenous population—labor exploitation, social marginalization, aesthetic exoticization, commercial circulation—similarly come to the fore. Based in the critical use of stereotypes, her practice presents a sophisticated queer imaginary capable of putting cultural paradigms and gender taxonomies in crisis. Her work has been included in shows at the Centro Cultural San Martín, Buenos Aires (2018); Museo Carlos Alonso, Mendoza (2019); and Pasto Galería, Buenos Aires (2021); among other venues.
Mariano López Seoane is a writer, researcher, and curator based in Buenos Aires and New York. He is currently the director of the Graduate Program on Gender and Sexuality at Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero in Argentina. He also teaches Latin American literature, cultural studies, and queer studies in the Department of Comparative Literature at New York University. López Seoane has curated and coordinated public programs for the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Buenos Aires International Book Fair, and Art Basel Cities. He has written extensively on contemporary Latin American literature and arts, focusing on the cultures of sexual and gender dissidents in the Americas, Latin American instances of queer studies and queer activism, and figurations of drug culture and drug-related violence in Latin American narrative, film, and visual arts. His publications include the volume of essays Donde está el peligro. Estéticas de la disidencia sexual (2022) and the novel El regalo de Virgo (2017).
Bernardo Mosqueira is a curator and writer based in New York and Rio de Janeiro. He is the ISLAA Curatorial Fellow at the New Museum. He is also the founder and artistic director of Solar dos Abacaxis, an institution for experimentation in art, education, and social transformation in Rio de Janeiro, and since 2011 he has directed Premio FOCO ArtRio, a national award for emerging artists. Mosqueira previously organized the performance festival Venus Terra and worked as a curator at Galeria de Arte Ibeu. Mosqueira has been curating exhibitions, editing books, teaching, and contributing texts to art publications since 2010; was awarded the Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi in 2017; and cofounded Fundo Colaborativo, the first emergency fund for artists in Brazil, in 2020. His recent exhibitions include Miriam Inez da Silva at the Museu da República, Brasília (2021); Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro: Eclipse at the Hessel Museum of Art in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2021); and Daniel Lie: Unnamed Entities at the New Museum, New York (2022).