Body, art, activism

room 24 of the FFLCH-USP Building of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

With Vitor Grunvald (USP) and Julia Ruiz (ASA / USP)
Mediation: Priscila Almeida (PPGAS / USP)

Body, party, dance, voice, color, transformation. These could be keywords to describe the countless popular demonstrations that have taken over the streets in Brazil and in the world, especially in the last decade, and that make attention to the overlap between political action and expressive forms inescapable. Be in the powerful and colorful manifestations of LGBTI pride in big cities or marches against political figures and big corporations around the world, what these events show us is that there is no insurgency without gesture, without sound, without imagery.

Expressions like "my body is political" and "the boon is also a struggle" intensify connections between different signs and their capacity to produce new worlds, new ways of being in the world. Disputes over taxonomies and the meanings attributed to dissident, non-conforming or unwanted bodies go through capture processes that range from the reduction of the concept of gender to an ideology and even speeches by presidential candidates. Given these findings, the Friday of the Month of September - which occurs exceptionally in the first week of October - invites to think and discuss motivations, desires, as well as the potentialities and political effects of the arts and corporealities in popular upheavals, political acts, upheavals.

How are the relations between gender, art, ethnicity and sexuality expressed and experienced in these events or in everyday micropolitical experiences? How to think about the agentivity of expressive forms in the construction of bodies and collectives? How do they act in the construction of another policy? How can anthropology strengthen the debate about the transposition of boundaries between what is art and what is political action?