Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute archive
Title: Interview with Julieta Paredes
Alternate Title: Julieta Paredes
Date: 2010 Apr. 8
Location: Recorded at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in New York City on April 8, 2010.
Work Type: Interview.
Cast/Performers:
Julieta Paredes, interviewee ; Marcial Godoy-Anativia, interviewer.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:45:51
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: Interview with Julieta Paredes, conducted by Marcial Godoy-Anativia, Associate Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. In this interview, Julieta Paredes underlines the centrality of a communal spirit in her work, stating that when she speaks, her voice is a resonance of the voice of her ‘compañeras.’ She questions Western notions of what ‘performance’ is, claiming that the ‘Pachamama’ (Mother Earth) has taught her and her people a cultural performance or ‘performance del pueblo.’ She also points out that the use of the term ‘performance’ might tend to highlight an aesthetic or artistic practice, which can imply a depoliticization of the contents transmitted through actions. Paredes explains how she envisions indigenous people’s communal work, working together from their bodies and sexualities, building what she calls ‘communal feminism.’ Thus, from the particularities of traditional indigenous communities, an active political participation in the public sphere can be set in motion. She also talks about the ‘acciones’ of ‘Mujeres Creando’ and later ‘Mujeres Creando Comunidad,’ which are created to engage with people in public spaces, and to communicate and transmit those social and political struggles that have been invisibilized and silenced.Julieta Paredes Carvajal is an Aymara lesbian and communitarian feminist. She was a founding member of ‘Mujeres Creando’ (Women Creating), and she worked with this collective for many years. She is also founder of 'Mujeres creando comunidad' (Women Creating Community), and of the Assembly of Communitarian Feminism. She lives in in La Paz, Bolivia, a place where a hope-inspiring political process is currently taking place. She is a writer, singer and anti-patriarchal poet.
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