¡n[s]urgênç!as 2018 was a professional networking event and an orientation program among Latin American artists and representatives of the Berlin art scene, organized by AGORA Collective e.V. in Berlin between 15 and 30 September 2018, under the direction of curators Paz Ponce and Daniela Labra, in cooperation with the Kap Hoorn platform and with the support of the Berlin Senate as part of the financing program “Weltoffenes Berlin 2018”. Conceived as a series of 8 meetings with Spanish-speaking experts (via personalized critical tutoring, artistic communication workshop, portfolio viewing, professional dinner, public presentation), the program aims to support artists who, due to their critical artistic practice, have difficulty continuing their careers in their country of origin. The program was accessed through an open call to Latin American artists who had arrived in Berlin in the last three years. The communication campaign was sponsored by the Berlin company of signage HVS Plakat GmbH.

The selection and participation in ¡n[s]urgênç!as 2018 supposes a recognition to 12 politically committed artistic trajectories. The selected artists were: Jeferson Andrade (BR), Alexandra Bisbicus (CO), Andressa Cantergiani (BR), Pêdra Costa (BR), Manuela Eichner (BR), Manuela García Aldana (CO), Lia Kruchen (BR), Moana Mayall (BR), Julia Mensch (AR), Alberto Morreo (BO), Rafael Puetter (BR), Melanie Rivera Flores (PR / USA); In conversation with cultural agents of the Berlin scene: Elena Agudio (IT), Valeria Fahrenkrog (CH), Júlia Frate (BR), Paz Guevara (CH), Júlia Gutiérrez Peris (ES), Teobaldo Lagos Preller (CH), María Linares (CO), Wilma Lukatsch (DE), Ana Maria Millán (CO), Cristina Moreno Garcia (ES), Vanina Saracino (IT), Caique Tizzi (BR / IT). The professional dinner was facilitated by the artists of the Sari-Sari project in Berlin (Joseph Patricio & Danilo).

The program culminated on Saturday 29.09.18, in a public program of events and the creation of a digital archive (insurgencias.net), which offered a space for discussion, presentation and representation of processes, strategies and heterogeneous artistic trajectories integrated in the problematization of the idea of ​​”insurgency”, open to a new context of reception. The publication of this file is accompanied by a critical essay by independent researcher and art historian Sebastián Eduardo as a memory of the entire program.
Photo credits: Bea Rodrigues

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Program of meetings (15-30 September 2018) @Agora Collective e.V., Am Sudhaus 5, 12053

15 Sept / 15-17h
Encounter # 0 ¡n[s]urgêntxs? (Paz Ponce & Daniela Labra)

15 Sept / 17-20h
Encounter # 1 Critical tutoring I (Daniela Labra)

16 Sept / 17-20h
Encounter # 2 Critical tutoring II (Daniela Labra)

21 Sept / 17-20h
Meeting # 3 Artistic Communication Workshop _ Writing (Paz Ponce)

22 Sept / 17-20h
Meeting # 4 Artistic Communication Workshop _ Orality (Paz Ponce)

25 Sept / 11-14h / 15-18h
Meeting # 5 Portfolio Viewing (With Elena Agudio, Valeria Fahrenkrog, Júlia Frate, Paz Guevara, Júlia Gutiérrez Peris, Teobaldo Lagos Preller, María Linares, Wilma Lukatsch, Ana María Millán, Cristina Moreno García, Vanina Saracino, Caique Tizzi).

25 Sept / 11-14h / 15-18h
Meeting # 6 Professional Dinner (Facilitated by Sari-Sari: Joseph Patricio – Pepe & Danilo)

29 Sept / 12-19h
Meeting # 7 Public presentation and creation of the insurgencies.net archive. Participants and Happening by guest artists from the Kap Hoorn platform.

Meeting Plan | Exhibition Map

Artists in conversation with cultural agents


Jeferson Andrade (BR)
and Elena Agudio


Alexandra Bisbicus (CO)
and Valeria Fahrenkrog


Andressa Cantergiani (BR)
and Ana María Millán


Pêdra Costa (BR)
and Wilma Lukatsch


Manuela Eichner (BR)
and Júlia Gutiérrez Peris


Manuela García Aldana (CO)
and Vanina Saracino


Lia Krucken (BR)
and María Linares


Moana Mayal (BR) and
Cristina Moreno García


Julia Mensch (AR) and
Teobaldo Lagos Preller


Alberto Morreo (VE)
and Paz Guevara


Rafucko (BR) and
Júlia Frate Bolliger


Melanie Rivera Flores (PR)
and Caique Tizzi


29 Sept

Opening of ¡n[s]urgênc!as

13:00 – 16:00
“Miss-take” – Durational performance piece by Andressa Cantergiani.

14:00 – 15:00
“#EleNão” Participatory action led by Andressa Cantergiani in collaboration with Manuela Eichner, Pêdra Costa, Lía Krucken.

15:00 – 15:15
“insurgencias” – Happening by artists members of Kap Hoorn: José Délano, Alejandra Ruddoff and Pink Valley.

16:00 – 17:00
“Oficina de apagamento / Erasing Workshop” – facilitated by Lia Krucken.

17:00 – 18:00
“Confesionario inmigrante / Immigrant’s confessional” – Participatory work and audio archive recording by Manuela García Aldana (Las Milagreras Collective).

18:00 – 18:20
Performance and reading of ”The Southern Butthole Manifesto” by Pêdra Costa.

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The Format

The Format of this event is conceived as a collective open studio, where the 12 artists will have on display a selection of past and on-going research projects addressing topics and gestures such as: “undisciplined spaces: hyperinvisibility/hypervisibility, parallel urban fighting imaginaries between the favela Complexo do Alemão in Rio and Germany” (Moana Mayall/Brazil); “media coverage in Brazil, the silencing news daily” (Rafael Puetter/ Brazil); “history under construction: a diary of subversive strategies to erase, deconstruct and rescue oneself from the performativity of language” (Lia Krucken/ Brazil); “experiences at the boarder of integration: a fictional archaeological archive of the self (Jeferson Andrade / Brazil)”; “invisibility of labor an other subtle domestication strategies by contemporary art institutions seen from the perspective of an indoor plant” (Manuela Eichner / Brazil); “the south of the body: a queer postporn feminist decolonial geography” (Pêdra Costa / Brazil); “fragile masculinity and institutional heavyweights, intersectional feminist combats” (Andressa Cantergiani / Brazil); “towards a plastic autonomy: an ongoing printing station to reclaim free editorial spaces” (Alberto Morreo / Venezuela); “collective memories: textile healing practices for cracked bodies damaged by the border(s)” (Alexandra Bisbicus / Colombia); “weaving the length of paramilitary sympathies in a Colombian flag and confessions of an Latinas immigrant sorority in Berlin (Manuela García Aldana, Colombia, & Colectivo Las Milagreras, Berlin); “protesting doormats for an appropriated domestic policy; welcome to Puerto Rico” (Melanie Rivera Flores / Puerto Rico); “an atlas of trading routes: transgenic soy connections between Argentina and Germany” (Julia Mensch / Argentina). The program of events is developed in conjunction with Kap Hoorn: Latin American artist platform in Berlin, contributing with the happening “insurgencias”, performed by artist members José Délano, Alejandra Ruddoff and Pink Valley.

The Memory

For ¡n[s]urgênc!as 2018 art historian Sebastián Eduardo Dávila (Guatemala) joined the meetings as a volunteer research fellow. As a result of his involvement in the process he contributed to insurgencias.net archive with the critical essay: “¡n[s]urgênçias as subjective and corporeal experience”. This article is conceived as a memory of the entire program emphasizing the links between the research practices shared by the participant artists during the final public event. Written from the perspective of self identification with the call for Latin American artists in Berlin, this response becomes now and independent body of thought attached to the experience of colliding with the topics and methodologies devised by the 12 artists.

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