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How do dissident bodies survive in Barcelona? How do desires and emotions register in their displacements? How does the colonial regime continue to operate in these bodies and what wounds remain open?

This research crosses the blurred borders between sexual dissent, functional diversity, migration, sex work and precariousness, finding images of everyday life that are shown as dissident cartographies, dens for the uncertain, parties and meeting spaces as a refuge, temporary and permanent alliances that provide different forms of care.

Curated by: Grup Dissidències Sexuals a la Ciutat de Barcelona PEI 2019-2020, coordinated by Lucía Egaña.

Members: Carolina Campos, Claudia Ventola, Eduardo Carrera R, Eugenia Salama, Henrique Lukas, Joana Castella, Jorge Sánchez, Julia Salgueiro, Julia Tealdi, Lizette Nin, Lucila Prestach, Luna Acosta, Margherita Fabbri.

Interviews, photographs, maps, posters, fanzines and other archival materials seek to create a space for reflecting on these subjectivities. The emotions, the violence, the traumas, the concerns and the different activisms of people who have been (and continue to be) permeated by coloniality, and by the legal, physical and territorial limits for building spaces of political enunciation.

This collective project addresses affection as a strategy for the creation of refuges, as a method of penetrating borders and making them more porous in order to spread privileges, for finding more places to escape the status quo and strengthen alliances.

A single image can bear witness to the past and anticipate a foreseeable future.
Ignasi Aballí