Dissenting Gestures

with Jonathas de Andrade & Diana Taylor

In conversation with performance scholar Diana Taylor, Jonathas de Andrade gives us an insight into his creative process, his work and the way his practice has led him to better understand and intervene with his present reality.
Fome de Resistência – A Mão Kayapó Menkragnoti (da série Infindável Mapa da Fome). Hunger of Resistance - Kayapó Menkragnoti Hand (from the series Endless Hunger Map), 2020 © Jonathas de Andrade, courtesy of the artist

In Jonathas de Andrade's work (1982, Brazil), performance occupies a key role. His inquiry into the social and political realities of northeastern Brazil has underlined the power of bodies to store and transmit information through their gestures and actions. Only belatedly considered forms of knowledge, nonverbal practices have been historically important in preserving and contesting norms in the Americas.

In conversation with Diana Taylor (1950, MX/US), performance scholar, Jonathas gives us an insight into his creative process, his work with different communities in Brazil and the way their embodied practices have led him to understand better and intervene his present reality.

Diana Taylor is professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. She is also the founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, a leading organization in the promotion of performance research, preservation, and circulation in the Americas for the last twenty years.


Concept: Valeria Posada and Amelie Schüle
Production: Nordin Janssen
Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

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In 2021 Foam receives additional support from the Mondriaan Fund and Kickstart Cultuurfonds.

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