Explicit: The haptic visuality of Hudinilson Jr’s desires, politics and detours


5.30 - 6.30 pm


admission free

We are joined by curator Paulo Miyada who will talk about the life and work of groundbreaking artist Hudinilson Jr, currently on show in ESCALA’s exhibition the ‘Art of Dispersion’.

Hudinilson Jr (São Paulo, 1957-2013), was a radical artist who experimented with his own image, body, and performativity through exploring multiple media. A pioneer in using photocopying as an artistic tool, Hudinilson Jr. turned this archetypical bureaucratic device into a sensual gadget that produced a sort of haptic visuality by multiplying, fragmenting, overlapping, and enlarging the male body. His work can also be addressed as a constant (and queer) defiance of the moral and political normative that was violently reinforced by Brazilian society of his time.

Followed by Q&A

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Speaker’s Biography

Since curating the 34th São Paulo Biennial, ‘Though it’s dark still I Sing’ (2019-2021), Paulo Miyada is currently adjunct-curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, with a focus on Latin American Art.

Since 2015 Miyada has been chief-curator at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paolo, Brazil. He was curatorial assistant for the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010) following which he joined the curatorial team for Rumos Visuais at Itaú Cultural (2011-2013). He was adjunct-curator for the 34th Panorama of Brazilian Art at MAM-SP (2015). Amongst his curatorial projects are: Osso: an appeal for the right to legal defence of Rafael Braga (2017), AI-5 50 Years – It still isn’t over Yet (2018), and Aglomeração Antonio Henrique Amaral (2020). In 2021, he founded the journal presente, together with artist Anna Maria Maiolino.

An Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) event curated by Dr Sarah Demelo and Diego Chocano.