"We Who Feel Differently: A Symposium" at the New Museum, New York includes lesbian author Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro
We Who Feel Differently: A Symposium asked both what is at stake and what is made possible by embracing difference as a queer strategy within contemporary art, politics, and society. The two-day symposium was conceived by Performance Artist and Scholar Raegan Truax and Artist Carlos Motta and was moderated by Ann Pellegrini, Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University.
SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE AND AUDIO DOCUMENTATION
Download the Program Notes (PDF) here
In march 2012, Carlos Motta brought together a group of Puerto Rican queer activists based in San Juan to discuss the history and present status of LGBTQ politics in Puerto Rico. Together with Eduardo Alegría, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Claudia Cornejo, Javier Laureano and Angel Antonio Ruiz, they discussed the role that sexual and gender difference play in the local culture of the island and spoke about internal and external issues surrounding the LGBT Movement.
A group of students from la Escuela de Artes Plásticas that included Xavier Alvarez y Melanie Rivera, Rolando Carrasquillo, Joan Escalera Chaves, Edwin Muniz Marrero, José Eduardo Muñoz, Rey X Pérez, Rubén Rolando Solla, Roberto Tirado and Vedushka Sinned RF got together with Carlos Motta to process some of the themes discussed during the conversation and to conceive a graphic response using the form of the protest sign. Each student created a sign, all of which were displayed in the exhibition.
A video that documents the conversation amongst the activists was produced and presented in the exhibition as well. Watch it (in Spanish) here:
This project was commissioned by Rebeca Noriega, co-curator of the 3rd Poli/Graphic Triennial of San Juan and was on view until August 2012