[Bio] Florencia Portocarrero
(Lima, 1981) is a researcher, writer and independent curator. She obtained her BA in clinical psychology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, where she also received her MA in Psychoanalytical Theory. During the 2012/2013 Portocarrero participated in de ‘Appel Curatorial Programme’ in Amsterdam and recently she completed a MA in Contemporary Art Theory at ‘Goldsmiths University’ in London, where she graduated with honors. Portocarrero regularly collaborates with the international contemporary art magazine Artishock and has contributed with her writings on art and culture in numerous catalogues and publications. In Lima Portocarrero is co-founder and co-director of the independent art space ‘Bisagra’ and works as public program curator at ‘Proyecto AMIL’. Curated exhibitions include: El Estado de Ficciones at the Spanish Cultural Center in Lima (2010), Animales Históricos at Corriente Alterna Art School of Art and Design (2012), La Tiranía de la Intimidad at the Spanish Cultural Center in Lima (2012), Bourgeois Leftovers at the ‘de Appel arts centre’ in Ámsterdam (2013), Ornamento y Sistema at Wu Gallery (2013), ¿Y qué diría el mar?-Noche de Arte Contemporáneo Sura (2014), Exposición de Arte Abstracto at the French Institute in Lima (2014).
Manifestaciones Públicas de Afecto (Publication)
Manifestaciones Públicas de Afecto is a digital publication that reclaims the importance of incorporating an affective dimension to the public sphere that psychoanalysis and feminism have historically made; investigating its possibilities to function as a space of resistance against the policies of neoliberal subjectivation. Avoiding idealizations and recognizing that affects can also have a normalizing function, the publication brings together texts and visual interventions by artists and researchers in whose practice the affective experience emerges as the basis of critical analysis: Valentina Desideri, Andrea Francke, Valeria Graziano, Gelen Jeleton, Mathew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Esther Planas and Florencia Portocarrero.
Manifestaciones Públicas de Afecto has been edited and produced by Florencia Portocarrero in collaboration with Verónica Valentini, Juan Canela and Andrea Rodríguez Novoa (the BAR project team) as a result of The Right to Be Unhappy: on the politics of control of human behaviour and psychotropification of society; the Bar project spring residence program during 2016.
Manifestaciones públicas de afecto (Publicación)
Manifestaciones Públicas de Afecto es una publicación digital que reivindica la importancia de incorporar la dimensión afectiva a la vida pública que históricamente han hecho el psicoanálisis y el feminismo; indagando sobre sus posibilidades de funcionar como un espacio de resistencia frente a las políticas de subjetivación neoliberal. Evitando caer en idealizaciones y reconociendo que los afectos también pueden cumplir una función normalizadora, la publicación reúne textos e intervenciones visuales de artistas e investigadores en cuya práctica la experiencia afectiva emerge como fundamento del análisis crítico: Valentina Desideri, Andrea Francke, Valeria Graziano, Gelen Jeleton, Mathew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Esther Planas y Florencia Portocarrero.
Manifestaciones Públicas de Afecto ha sido editada y producida por Florencia Portocarrero en colaboración con Verónica Valentini, Juan Canela y Andrea Rodríguez Novoa (el equipo de BAR Project) como resultado de El derecho a ser infeliz: sobre las políticas de control del comportamiento humano y la psicotropificación de la sociedad; el programa de residencia de primavera de BAR project durante el 2016.
Valentina Desideri and Florencia Portocarrero, A studio practice to explore inappropriate feelings: SHAME
Monday, 2nd May, Estudio Práctico (Calle Tarros 3, 08003 Barcelona)
5pm-8pm: studio practice
8pm-9pm: Anna Manubens
In the context of BAR project curatorial program, which this year investigates the politics of control of human behaviour, residents Valentina Desideri and Florencia Portocarrero revisit the feminist claim of the personal as political, and they propose an exploration of the role of inappropriate feelings in both, oppression and political transformation, through a studio practice.
This Monday 2nd of May, we invite you to study, feel and perform shame. You are welcome to join us with your own experience for as long or as short as you like and participate as actively or passively as you feel like.
At 8pm curator Anna Manubens will use her recent curatorial project, Visceral Blue (La Capella, Barcelona, 2016) as a case study and starting ground to unfold the presence and use of shame and embarrassment in some of the exhibited works, but also to rehearse a few ideas on shame and disfiguration that could not be included in that exhibition and which might be the source of a new one.
Anna Manubens is an independent curator, writer and producer with a preference for hybrid roles at the intersection between research, public programming, close project development and exhibition making. She is currently based in Barcelona but is often in Brussels where she works part-time for the artist-run organisation Auguste Orts, dedicated to the production of, and thinking around artists’ films. In parallel she teaches at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and develops curatorial projects among which the most recent are: When you Fall Into a Trance (La Loge, Brussels, 2014), Moving Image Contours, co-curated with Soledad Gutiérrez, (Tabakalera, San Sebastián, 2015), Hacer cuerpo con la máquina: Joachim Koester, (Blue Project Foundation, Barcelona, 2016) and Visceral Blue (La Capella; Barcelona, 2016).
Valentina Desideri and Florencia Portocarrero A studio practice to explore inappropriate feelings: ANGER
Saturday April 16, Espacio Práctico*
3pm – 6pm: Studio Practice
6pm – 8pm: Andrea Francke in conversation with Florencia Portocarrero
Studio Practice is a fiction (a bet perhaps?) that there is no outside to learning. If we gather and read a text, if we talk, if we cook, if we wrestle on the floor, if we sleep together; we are studying. Usually when we are studying, we pretend it is for later. We pretend we will use that knowledge at some point. But in this studio there is no later, there is only practice. And the practice of the studio is one of testing possible beginnings, sharing partial ideas, more or less interesting exercises, texts, excitement, distractions, boredom and so on.
What if we embrace the capacities of this pretend-space and we gather in the studio to practice studying together? Or, what if we use it to share and study awkward or inappropriate feelings? Moreover, what if we start by reflecting about anger as a legitimate category for the production of knowledge or even political analysis?
In the context of BAR project curatorial program, which this year investigates the politics of control of human behaviour, residents Valentina Desideri and Florencia Portocarrero revisit the feminist claim of the personal as political, and they propose an exploration of the role of inappropriate feelings in both, oppression and political transformation.
From 3pm to 6pm we invite you to come with your own experience and knowledge on anger. Perhaps you know texts, exercises, practices, jokes or stories that are related to this feeling or similar awkward affects. You can join for as long or as short as you like, and participate as actively or passively as you feel like.
At 6pm artist Andrea Francke and curator Florencia Portocarrero will talk about the potential and dangers of anger in art practice and politics. Francke will do a short presentation about her art practice focusing her motherhood experience and anger as the starting point for her political engagement. What are the differences between an art practice that claims its roots on anger instead of generosity? What happens when anger becomes hate? What is needed for anger to become political? This and other issues will be discussed.
More inappropriate feelings will be explored in the following weeks…
Andrea Francke (1978) is an artist born in Peru and currently based in London. Long term projects include: Invisible Spaces of Parenthood, a collaboration with Kim Dhillon exploring the legacies of Second Wave feminism and their implications with art and its infrastructures, labour, and care; Wish You’d Been Here, organising and reflecting on hosting as an artistic and feminist method along Eva Rowson; and FOTL with Ross Jardine, currently focused on administration. She is currently a PhD candidate in Latin American Studies at the university of Manchester. Her doctoral research attempts to develop a decolonized alternative genealogy for social practice in Peruvian Art.
*Calle Tarros 3, 08003 Barcelona
Residents talk: Valentina Desideri, Warren Neidich and Florencia Portocarrero
Wednesday, April 6th, 07.30pm, Fabra i Coats*
In the context of BAR project curatorial program, which explores during 2016 the politics of control of human behavior, artists Valentina Desideri (IT/NL) and Warren Neidich (US/D), and curator Florencia Portocarrero (PE), in residence until the end of May, will be presenting their work and introducing the projects they are developing in Barcelona. These projects and researches will be partially shown at “The Right to be Unhappy” event, taking place at French Institut and Antoni Tàpies Foundation respectively on 6th and 7th of May.
Valentina Desideri is an Amsterdam-based artist. She trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London (2003–2006) and later on did her MA in Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (2011–13). She does Fake Therapy and Political Therapy, she co-organises Performing Arts Forum in France, she speculates in writing with Prof. Stefano Harney, she writes biographies by reading people’s hands, she engages in Poetical Readings with Prof. Denise Ferreira da Silva.
Warren Neidich is an artist, writer and organizer who is founding director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art. For the past twenty years he has been utilizing a variety of media from photography, video, painting, sculpture, performance and installation to investigate the emancipatory capacity of artistic expression both in the world and the brain. Recently his interests have turned to what he refers to as a neuroethics: the right of every individual on the planet earth to fully activate his or her neuroplastic potential. Neidich is currently working on two major artworks at this time. In Los Angeles he is the middle of The Hollywood Blacklist Project 2013-2018. A number of preliminary projects including Book Exchange, 2014 and Double Jeopardy, 2015 are intended to set the ground work for a major public work in 2017 called Re-imagining the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Florencia Portocarrero is a researcher, writer and independent curator. She obtained her BA in clinical psychology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, where she also received her MA in Psychoanalytical Theory. During the 2012/2013 Portocarrero participated in de ‘Appel Curatorial Programme’ in Amsterdam and recently she completed a MA in Contemporary Art Theory at ‘Goldsmiths University’ in London, where she graduated with honors. Portocarrero regularly collaborates with the international contemporary art magazine Artishock and has contributed with her writings on art and culture in numerous catalogues and publications. In Lima Portocarrero is co-founder and co-director of the independent art space ‘Bisagra’ and works as public program curator at ‘Proyecto AMIL’.
*Carrer de Sant Adrià, 20, 08030 Barcelona
[Bio] Florencia Portocarrero
(Lima, 1981) investigadora, escritora y curadora independiente. Estudió Psicología Clínica en la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, donde también se recibió como Magíster en Estudios Teóricos en Psicoanálisis. Durante el 2012/2013 Portocarrero participó del Programa Curatorial de ‘de Appel arts centre’ en Ámsterdam y recientemente culminó el Máster en Teoría del Arte Contemporáneo en la Universidad de ‘Goldsmiths’ en Londres, donde se graduó con honores. Portocarrero escribe regularmente en la revista internacional de arte contemporáneo ‘Artishock’ y ha contribuido con sus textos sobre arte y cultura en numerosos catálogos y publicaciones. En Lima Portocarrero es co-fundadora y co-directora del espacio de arte independiente Bisagra y recientemente ha comenzado a trabajar como Curadora del Programa Público de Proyecto AMIL. Exposiciones comisariadas incluyen: El Estado de Ficciones en el CCE de Lima (2010), Animales Históricos en la Escuela Corriente Alterna (2012), La Tiranía de la Intimidad en el CCE de Lima (2012), Bourgeois Leftovers en de Appel arts centre en Ámsterdam (2013), Ornamento y Sistema en Wu Galería (2013), ¿Y qué diría el mar?-Noche de Arte Contemporáneo Sura (2014), Exposición de Arte Abstracto en La Alianza Francesa de Lima (2014).