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Mapuche artist Sebastián Calfuqueo presents a live performance based on the different names for ‘sodomy’ in Mapudungun (Mapuche language) according to Spanish colonial accounts. Looking at the evangelisation of Native peoples as an instrument used by settler-colonists to normalise and wipe out non-conforming gender identities, Calfuqueo’s performance will focus on sound, hair and the colour blue to reclaim a queer indigenous worldview. 

This performance has a duration of 15 minutes. It will be followed by a Q&A with the artist.

Calfuqueo will also facilitate a performance workshop on Saturday 5 March.

Presented in partnership with Latin Elephant, as part of the programme Inhabiting Spaces (2021-2022). Supported by the Arts Council England, this programme aims to enable access and increase participation in the arts by the Latin American communities in the UK.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no booking and seating is on a first come, first served basis. 

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Biography

Sebastián Calfuqueo is an artist of Mapuche origin based in Santiago de Chile. Working across performance, video, ceramics and installation, their practice interrogates the social, cultural and political status of the indigenous subject in Latin America.

Recent solo exhibitions include Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago de Chile; Galería 80m2 Livia Benavides, Lima; Galería Metropolitana, Parque Cultural de Valparaíso; and MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile. They were awarded the Municipalidad de Santiago Award on 2017 and the Fundación FAVA Award on 2018. They were recognized with the prize ‘Democracy Machine: Artists and Self-governance in the Digital Age’ awarded by Eyebeam, New York.