Teresinha Soares, Lygia Clark, Priscila Rezende. Cannibal feminism as dissident practice against the spectacularization of censorship


Brazil Week at Harvard –March 23 an March 24 – Tropicália: movements in society


Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:00am to 4:00pm


Lamont Library, Forum Room, 3rd floor


Brazil Week at Harvard: Tropicália: movements in society

Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:00am -6:00pm



The practice and the notion of “cannibal feminism” engage with the conceptual and political inputs of the Cannibalist Manifesto (Andrade, 1928), Suely Rolnik (1998) development of an anthropophagic subjectivity, and the work of queer anthropophagy (Nemi Neto, 2015). We propose this cannibal feminism, first of all, as an exercise of academic dissidence (José Esteban Muñoz, 1999) that intrinsically implies the problematization of the boundaries between theory, arts, and politics. In that sense, the cannibalistic feminist approach is another contribution to the deconstructive work of critical studies, revealing the porosity of the borders and the plasticity of subjectivity, otherness and dualisms production within the global matrix of domination/power.

In this case, we use the cannibal feminism as an operative concept in order to dialogue with some artistic practices of Brazilian artists Teresinha Soares, Lygia Clark, and Priscila Rezende. It starts out from the analysis of their contexts as well as the actors involved in the process of exhibition and reception of their artworks. The result is a cartography of processes of invisibilization (Teresinha Soares and Priscila Rezende) and spectacularization (Lygia Clark), which appears as types of contemporary global censorship over feminist art practices. It allows us, in parallel with Andrade’s analysis of the spectacularization of the cannibal in the colonial context, to read contemporary global censorship as an exercise of a low anthropophagy that coincides with the historical logic of colonialism and patriarchy.

As a conclusion, the spectacularization of the censorship is addressed as the contemporary form of global low anthropophagy enacting against the cannibal feminist artistic practices in order to prevent and neutralize their political and critical potentia.


Keywords: anthropophagy; cannibalism; spectacularization; queer theory; decoloniality; censorship.



March 23

10 am – Panel: re.act: resistance: performing archives A Living Theater in Times of Suppression

Fernanda Dusse (Harvard University)

Trajetórias temporais e espaciais: Cabra Marcado para Morrer, Peões e No Intenso Agora

Ana Paula Kojima Hirano (Harvard University)

Counterarchive: Art and Resistance in the 1960s and 1970s and in the 21st Century

Marina Bedran (Princeton University)

12:30 pm – Workshop with Angélica Freitas

2 pm – Keynote Speaker: Professor Suely Rolnik (PUC-SP):

Para além do inconsciente colonial-capitalístico Sugestões para resistir em ambientes sinistros

March 24

10 am – Panel: bodiescapes: spaces of convergence

Gustavo Reis Louro (Yale University)

“Tropicália – Acousmatic Soundscapes”

Marcelo Noah (Duke University)

Vivências in transit: The experimental space of Kurt Schwitters and Hélio Oiticica Miriam Minak (Freie Universität Berlin)

Teresinha Soares, Lygia Clark, Priscila Rezende. O Feminismo Canibal como prática dissidente diante da espetacularização da censura
Cristina Morales Saro (Universidad de las Artes del Ecuador) e Ana Abril (Utrecht University)

1pm – Workshop with Suely Rolnik and Josy Panão

2:30 pm – Keynote Speaker: Angélica Freitas um útero é do tamanho de um punho: percursos