The New Reaction. Antidotes and Synergies 1

Feminisms and Intersectional Alliances Opposite Hate as Politics

Wednesday, 11 and Thursday, 12 March 2020 / Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200 and Protocol Room

Encounter: free, until full capacity is reached / Workshop: free, with prior registration by filling out an online form from 1 March (capacity 25 people)

María Magdalena Arrellaga. Women’s rights activists and organisations demanding justice for Marielle Franco. Río de Janeiro, 2019
María Magdalena Arrellaga. Women’s rights activists and organisations demanding justice for Marielle Franco. Río de Janeiro, 2019

Activity postponed until further notice. 

The existence of political and cultural forces which seem to be handed down from fascism and historical extreme right movements are today a tangible reality. These forces call into question the continued existence of consolidated emancipatory conquests after centuries of struggle. 

The programme The New Reaction. Antidotes and Synergies sets out to explore and pinpoint the means that mobilise these forces, understanding the place from which they emanate, the designated enemies and why they are so, and the differences and similitudes they reveal in different geographies. Thus, knowing the characteristics of these new forms of fascism becomes necessary, for they can denote a long-lasting democratic recession in a context defined by expansion and the global surge of neoliberal politics.

Each of the three encounters that make up this programme looks to create spaces of thought rooted in new feminisms, the struggles for recognition and the equality of post-colonial subjects, migratory social movements, and other aspects. Sound artist Mattin will converse with the results of each encounter, executing three Anti-Fascist Scores which address the power of rituals and catharsis to generate, from the body, social, non-theological and anti-fascist interactions.  

Feminisms and Intersectional Alliances Opposite Hate as Politics

This first encounter, comprising a conversation between Renata Souza and Esther Solano and a workshop, begins from an analysis of the political changes that have most notably taken place in Brazil over the past decade — the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and the rise of Jair Bolsonaro, for instance — as a sign of a twenty-first-century conservative shift. To this backdrop, the militarisation of the favelas represents a politics of criminalisation and violence against poverty, inherited from a past of colonial exploitation that has not been overcome in any shape or form. We are talking about a framework of mass inequality in which women — young and wise, precarious and powerful, violated and combative — act as the backbone of life. Popular leaders situate the body and transform, from the inside, institutions to defend human rights and public resources under threat from neoliberalism. What can feminisms impart to institutional policies’ ways of doing? In what way is an intersectional feminism understood as a collective, structural and emancipatory struggle? What lessons can be learned from the experiences of these struggles in Brazil?


Renata Silva de Souza is a journalist and feminist writer who was born and grew up in Favela da Maré, in the Zona Norte neighbourhood of Río de Janeiro. She holds a PhD in Communication and Culture, and has participated in social movements, in addition to being part of the Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Río de Janeiro. She was chief of staff for Marielle Franco, the councillor murdered in 2018. At the present time, she is a representative in the Legislative Assembly of Río de Janeiro for the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL). 

Esther Solano Gallego holds a PhD in Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). She is a lecturer in International Relations at the Federal University of São Paulo and lectures on the UCM’s International Interuniversity MA in Contemporary Latin American Studies. Throughout her career she has specialised in political sociology and has put together a number of books on the situation in Brazil, including ¿Hay salida? Ensayos sobre Brasil (Is There a Way Out? Essays on Brazil, 2017) and El odio como política (Hate as Politics, 2018).

Mattin is an artist. His work focuses on the conceptual investigation into noise and improvisation, exploring strands that include the role of listening in relation to the immeasurable accumulation of digital information and at a time of mounting polarisation and social fragmentation; or the potential non-verbal communication can activate between bodies participating in a reflexive encounter. Moreover, he has co-edited, with Anthony Iles, Ruido y capitalismo (Noise and Capitalism, 2011) and participated in documenta14 (2017) with the ‘durational’ concert Disonancia social (Social Dissonance).


Wednesday, 11 March 2020 – 7pm

Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200

Conversation between Renata Souza and Esther Solano Gallego
An analysis of the resistance strategies of Brazil’s working classes opposite neoliberal politics, especially black women who fight for the right to a life and democratic legitimacy.  

Thursday, 12 March 2020 – 6pm

Nouvel Building, Protocol Room

Workshop with Renata Souza, Esther Solano Gallego and Mattin
This workshop is based on prior work created by the participants via texts and other materials that will be sent to them beforehand.

Anti-fascist Score 1
Mattin’s Anti-fascist Score aims to activate a kind of collective reflection that looks to go beyond the primacy of language to create a space of trust for the interaction between participants and to promote a critical capacity when analysing our micro-behaviours.  


The project Our Many Europes, organised by the L’internationale museum confederation and co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme. L'Internationale comprises seven major European art institutions: Moderna galerija (MG+MSUM, Ljubljana, Slovenia); Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain); MACBA, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Spain); Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium); Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie (Warsaw, Poland), SALT (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey) and Van Abbemuseum (VAM, Eindhoven, Netherlands), and collaborates in the project with the HDK-Valand Academy (Gothenburg, Sweden) and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD, Dublin, Ireland). Together, these institutions will present a programme with over 40 public activities (lectures, exhibitions, workshops) until May 2022.


Encounter: free, until full capacity is reached / Workshop: free, with prior registration by filling out an online form from 1 March (capacity 25 people)

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