Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute archive
Title: Hilando fino desde el feminismo comunitario
Date: 2010 Apr. 5
Location: Performed at the Performance Studies Department of New York University in New York City on April 5, 2010.
Work Type: Lecture., Performance.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:40:17
Language: Includes Spanish and English.
Synopsis: This is a video documentation of Julieta Paredes’ talk/performance/no-performance entitled ‘Hilando fino desde el feminismo comunitario,’ presented as part of the CLACS Research Colloquium Series ‘Decolonization in the Andes: Contemporary Debates and Transformations,’ co-organized by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. Julieta Paredes stages a transformation during her presentation, changing from her Westernized clothes to her grandmother’s clothes, and so visibly turning into an indigenous woman, or ‘chola.’ Paredes claims that, in Bolivia, ‘nobody looks at me when I’m dressing as a chola: we become invisible.’ Stating also that ‘cholas don’t have a body, don’t have a sexuality, don’t have ideas,’ Paredes’s proposes to engage in political participation with and from her body. She insists in that which she is doing ‘is not a performance,’ but an actual transmission of her sisters and her people’s thoughts and demands through her voice and her body. In this manner, Paredes brings to presence the very topics she is discussing – being that women’s corporeality has been at the center of colonial penetration, she proposes that resistance and contestation against colonialism must come from those feminine bodies. Thus, the task of recovering women’s corporeality and sexuality is at the basis of her proposal of ‘communal feminism’. This is the first step to achieve balance between brothers and sisters, and start working side by side to regain native communities’ sovereignty.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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