[ONLINE] University of Aveiro, Portugal

October 21, 22 and 23 2020

Insurgent Poetics and Micropolitics in the Brazilian Amazon: the aberrant scene of Themônias drags

Larissa Latif

This communication addresses issues related to body technologies and performative poetics as a form of resistance and reinvention of the body in the face of the binary rule of the genre, focusing on a group of performers from the city of Belém do Pará, who call themselves Themed drags. The aberrant performativity and the occupation of public space by these artists is analyzed in the light of Butler’s gender performative theory, Deleuze-Guattarian difference philosophy and critical studies of post-humanity by Haraway and Braidotti. The study reveals a capacity for collective organization, albeit informal, for which the establishment of networks of cooperation and solidarity are fundamental, as well as the mastery of the use of digital tools as part of the processes of artistic and subjective creation. These two aspects are articulated in the production of a network supported by an artistic and political action.

Keywords: Performativity, micropolitics, post-humanities, Themed drags, Amazon