Cuba, Havana: Las Cabezas


Cuba: Las Cabezas, gigantesco proyecto del artista Manuel Mendive
Un proyecto del relevante artista cubano Manuel Mendive, titulado Las cabezas, se convirtió en un suceso en víspera de la XI Bienal de La Habana, que será inaugurada este viernes.

Esa representación escénica se desarrolló desde el Gran Teatro de La Habana y tuvo como principal atractivo los cuerpos pintados, modalidad que el creador cultiva desde hace más de 25 años.

La parada, integrada por artistas del Circo Nacional de Cuba, bailarines y actores de prestigiosas compañías de danza y de teatro, recorrió el Paseo del Prado hasta La Punta y después se dirigió hacia una plataforma situada al costado del Capitolio Nacional en La Habana.

The project, entitled ‘The Heads’, is a parade where hundreds of actors take part performing as they move in a parade in central Havana. Havana Biennial is an event for contemporary…

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Privacy: Disclosure


It’s possible to argue that the slogan “the personal is political” comes from a particular bourgeois version of personhood. However, if one starts from the moment of enslavement, then there is no personal and, indeed, no person, for the thingification of slavery takes away “the personal.” Things are not persons. But it is through the histories of slavery that the personal becomes political, as the quest for personhood requires disclosure, nakedness, revelation, confession. Slave narratives tell one horror after another: a beating, a rape, a mutilation, a catalogue of family separations, of things being disaggregated, of units collapsing and being re-joined. Of black male slaves used as studs to impregnate black women slaves.

How can language not collapse when things are gendered and compelled to reproduce themselves? (Thinking on “things” in philosophy, aesthetics, and political science fails to reckon with fungibility; the “unimaginable” “thingness” of those once human.)

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On Possibility

reblogging this because I’m curious to see what others think about this offering…


It was done from a desire to live, to make life possible, and to rethink the possible as such.
– Judith Butler, Gender Trouble

I keep re-learning queer theory. More precisely, I keep learning from Judith Butler. I came to queer theory seeking a method through which to live. It offered one of the few spaces that something named as “me” could be, lost in wonder, amazed by the possibilities, the infinities of thinking beyond what was around me. Abstraction opens spaces, creates new worlds that can be thought and inhabited. I have stayed with queer theory because the “not yet” of the “could be” anchors a way of “being here.” (This impulse drives José Muñoz’s Cruising Utopia.)

What might it mean to think about possibility? What is possibility between and across lifeworlds?

Despite my best efforts—and perhaps because of them—the lifeworlds I imagine tend to be off-balanced, away…

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