WE WERE NEVER HUMAN

Curated by Andrés Senra y Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles

Interior Beauty Salon y BAAD! Bronx Academy of the Arts and Dance

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Participating artists: 

Dimple B Shah / Daniela Beltrani / José Carlos Casado / Fantasía Collage (Aurora Duque de la Torre & María Huerta Arce (Lo Súper)) / Gwen Charles / David Farrán de Mora / Félix Fernández / Aitor Flores / Heather Fries / Ivana Larrosa / Marisa Maza / Carali McCall / Ildiko Meny / Amaia Molinet / Ruth Montiel Arias / Iván Pérez / Cristián Pietrapiana / Anna Recasens / Carlos Rivero / Ruth Somalo / Tatu Vuolteenaho/ Jody Wood / Jennifer Zackin 

We Were Never Human consists of a screening of a series of two-minute videos/video performances reflecting on the concept of caring for the planet, including practices such as veganism, magic, rituals, anti-speciesism, ecofeminisms, ecoqueerism, anti-ableism and anti-racist artivisms. These videos question otherness and also subvert anthropocentrism as an episteme that places the human in a position of hierarchy and dominance over all other beings.  
 
We Were Never Human emerged from Alliances of Care and Desire, a project by Andrés Senra for The Interior Beauty Salon, in which Senra focuses on the possibility of queering identity beyond gender binaries, as well as dismantling the dual Western value system that separates the human from the non-human. This system of Western knowledge organizes the universe according to taxonomic rules that separate and divide it into artificial/natural, subject/object, mind/body, organic/inorganic, living/non-living, woman/man, human/non-human, human/animal, ability/disability, nature/culture, white/non-white, reason/emotion, freedom /necessity, civilized/wild, and so on, assigning positive and negative values in a hierarchical way. Negative values have traditionally been assigned to the feminine, the queer, the animal, and the non-white.   

Andrés Senra Andrés Senra is a multimedia artivist working in Spain, Berlin and New York. His latest works present the individual and the communities as ephemeral assemblages, in which political, economic and social tensions in the contemporary world are cast and somatised. In recent works, he has addressed issues such as otherness as well as the questioning of dualisms in Western thought such as male/female, natural/cultural, living/non-living, human/non-human, public/private, from a queer and feminist perspective. His work on the archive as an artwork and the political and affective history of the queer community in Madrid in the 1990s is part of the collection of the Documentation Center at the National Contemporary Art Museum Reina Sofía (Spain). www.andressenra.com

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo treads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively through creative experiences that he unfolds within the quotidian. Nicolás has received mentorship in art in everyday life from Linda Mary Montano, a historic figure in the performance art field. Residencies attended include P.S. 1/MoMA, Center for Book Arts, Yaddo and MacDowell. Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, in 2011 he was baptized as a Bronxite: a citizen of the Bronx. Nicolás is the founding director of The Interior Beauty Salon, an organism living at the intersection of creativity and healing: www.interiorbeautysalon.com  @interiorbeautysalon