Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


VIRTUAL IAS Festival: Daily-Artifacts and the Body in the Americas

04 May 2021, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Ernesto Rivera performance

This event addresses the situated power of daily-artefacts to address wider corporal-cultural heritage in the Americas.

This event is free.

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In recent decades, bodily materialisation has become an emergent topic of enquiry in the social sciences and humanities. The question of how people have historically embodied themselves has reified the importance of mundane daily-life objects as agents in reframing the visual imaginary of the human body. By crossing art with historical thinking, this event addresses the situated power of daily-artefacts to address wider corporal-cultural heritage in the Americas.

This event brings together the work of two young emerging artists based in the north and south of the Americas: the Dominican US immigrant Ernesto Rivera and the Argentine Julián Sorter. These video-performances approach the role of objects with a strong historical background in the always troubled politics of self-representation. While primarily centred on gendered artefacts, both artistic pieces show how whitening, class, migration, masculinity and ageing are also embodied. During the Q&A, Patricio Simonetto will dialogue with the artists about the cultural background of their performances, and on how synergy between academic and artistic work can strengthen the production of critical knowledge.

Participants include: Ernesto Rivero, Julián Sorter and Patricio Simonetto.

If you missed the event you can watch the recording here:

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Julian Sortier "Paseo"

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The participation of Patricio Simonetto in this event has been funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie-Sklodowka Curie grant number 886496.
This talk forms part of the IAS five-year anniversary festival on the theme of ‘Alternative Epistemologies’.
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About the Speakers

Ernesto Rivera


Ernesto Rivera (Santo Domingo) is an artist based in Brooklyn. Ernesto has been selected as a participant artist in the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program (2020-2021). He holds a BFA from Parsons-The New School (2019). He had an internship at Coleccion Patricia Phelps Cisneros (NYC, 2018) and later worked as a collection management assistant at The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (NYC, 2019-2020). He studied for the MFA Theory and History of Design at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City (2015) conducting research on editorial processes of design critique writings.

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Julián Sorter


Julián Sorter (San Martín de los Andes, Argentina, 1991) is an artist based in Buenos Aires. He works with performance, video and objects, between the fields of visual and performing arts. He has exhibited his work in Buenos Aires, La Plata, Rosario, Paris, CDMX and Los Angeles in institutions such as MUNTREF, Fundación Klemm and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; in art fairs such as Art Paris 2019 and ArteBA 2018; in art galleries such as UV Estudios, Bikini Wax and Lagos CDMX, among others. His work was selected for the Braque Award in 2019 and the Archipelago Festival in 2020; he received a National Fund for the Arts Grant in 2018. He studied at the University of the Arts, at the Centre for Artistic Research and trained with artists Diana Aisenberg and Viviana Lasparra.

Patricio Simonetto

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Institute of the Americas (University College London)

Patricio Simonetto is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Institute of the Americas (University College London). He is the author of Entre la injuria y la revolución. El Frente de Liberación Homosexual en la Argentina (2017) and El dinero no es todo. La compra y venta de sexo en la Argentina del siglo XX (2019). He is currently working on his book project entitled 'A Body of One’s Own. The making of sex change in Argentina (1900-2012)'.

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