Entangled Thinking / Clouding Sounds
with Ana Naomi de Sousa, Carla Cardoso, Didier Fiúza Faustino, Elias and Yousef Anastas, Francisco Díaz, Françoise Vergès, Pelin Tan, Piny, and Mark Wigley
View of the exhibition EXIST/RESIST – Works by Didier Fiúza Faustino: 1995–2022 (maat, Lisbon, 05/10/2022–06/03/2023). Photo: Bruno Lopes, courtesy of EDP Foundation / maat.
Entangled Thinking / Clouding Sounds, a two-day programme in the context of the exhibition EXIST/RESIST – Works by Didier Fiúza Faustino: 1995–2022, curated by Pelin Tan for maat, invited Ana Naomi de Sousa, Carla Cardoso, Elias and Yousef Anastas, Francisco Díaz, Françoise Vergès, Piny, Radio Al-Hara, and Mark Wigley, whose works are focused on the body under normative design and the colonial paradigm, to meet around two discussion panels: "Queering bodies and social practices" (maat, Lisbon, 26/01/2023, 17.00–19.00), and "Decolonial body and boundless territories" (maat, Lisbon, 27/01/2023, 17.00–18.00). From design practice to social realm: how “form” in certain socio-spatial conditions has been shaped and acts as an agency. The theme of the first panel discussion is about how the body is controlled through design in architectural history over the years and how contemporary practices respond to this. The second panel focuses on the bodies of cross-decolonial potentialities in various cities and geographies.
EXIST/RESIST (maat, 05/10/2022–06/03/2023) is the first institutional exhibition surveying almost thirty years of practice of Didier Fiúza Faustino, the French-Portuguese experimentalist whose work has consistently provoked and transgressed the formal and conceptual demarcations between architecture, design and art. Curated by Pelin Tan, the exhibition brings together for the first time a vast selection of works, preparatory materials, and prototypes – drawings, photos, models, large-scale installations, films, and objects, revolving around four core strands of research that recur in Faustino’s work: “Housing and Dwelling”, “Borders of Bodies”, “Design as Resistance”, “Agonism in Public Space”. Featuring both past and newly created pieces, loans from international collections and never-seen-before documentation from the artist-architect’s private archive, the show is set in a scenography designed by Faustino’s studio – Mésarchitecture, and conceptually devised to put in dialogue two core areas of the museum and thus create two distinctive spatial experiences.
Queering bodies and social practices
with Carla Cardoso, Didier Fiúza Faustino, Piny, and Mark Wigley, moderated by Pelin Tan
The panel focuses on the discussion of queering architecture and body under normative design and paradigm. How the body is controlled through design in architectural history over the years and how contemporary practice responds to it.
Decolonial body and boundless territories
with Ana Naomi de Sousa, Didier Fiúza Faustino, Elias and Yousef Anastas, and Françoise Vergès (online), moderated by Francisco Díaz
The panel discussion brings together thinkers, curators, and practitioners to talk about cross-decolonial potentialities in various cities and geographies. The political pressure, surveillance of the body, and possibilities of resistance to the decolonial body through spatial practices and the role of the design, of the material, will be discussed.