3. Sep 2023


With Deise Faria Nunes & Iya Luz aka Tereza Duarte

The performance lecture is part of a practice in constant development, where artistic visions meet in both socio-political and spiritual contexts, originating new streams.

Estuaries: The Waters as a Metaphor seeks to approach different socio-political and spiritual contexts in a complex offering to the Yoruba deities present in Afro-Brazilian mythologies, such as the water and air-goddesses Oshun,Yemaja, Nana, Oya Oba and Yewa, Ossanyn – the deity of the leaves and herbs, and Orunmila – the God of knowledge and wisdom. The idea departs from a saying by the singer Nega Duda: «Black women are like the waters: They grow stronger when they meet».

Iya Luz, aka Tereza Duarte, creates drawing inspired by these myths under a live camera onstage. Nunes explores different relations between written and spoken text, actions with textile materials and sound, bringing together storytelling, ritual elements and theories on the pluriversal nature of knowledge.

Where: Naturhuset, Alby
When: Sunday 3rd September, 3pm


Deise Faria Nunes
Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Deise Faria Nunes is an artist-researcher with a specific interest in performance, rituals and audiovisual. She is a PhD fellow in the Theatre in Context program at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Agder, Norway. Nunes is also a certified documentary filmmaker from the Kino-Doc – Documentary Film Core, in Lisbon.

Based in the Nordic countries for over 20 years, Nunes has been working since 2004 as a performance artist, dramaturge, artistic producer and writer. Her collaborations include Odin Teatret (Denmark), Office for Contemporary Art-OCA, Oslo Biennale, Black Box Teater and Nordic Black Theatre. She is a contributor of the historical anthology New Daughters of Africa (2019), edited by Margaret Busby, and published in the UK, USA, South Africa and Germany. Nunes was the head of the National Theatre Committee at the Arts Council Norway in 2020-21 and a member of the Nordic Culture Fund’s performing arts committee in 2019-2020. Since 2017, she has been focusing on research, production and dissemination of Black women’s activities in the arts and culture.

Iya Luz, aka Tereza Duarte
Tereza Duarte, a black woman born in Pelotas-RS (Brazil), is an artist researcher and educator. She is currently a professor of Visual Arts at the Federal Institute of Rio Grande Do Sul (IFSUL). A PhD fellow in anthropology at the Federal University of Pelotas, she is a member of the Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous Studies Core at IFSul.

She has a comprehensive experience in art, art-research and education. Her expertise includes drawing, descriptive geometry and design. She has also worked with projects within fashion design. Her research interests include anti-racist actions, anthropology, Black feminism and ethnic-racial studies. She is concerned with the various mechanisms of invisibility and silencing of black women as a social construction derived from the structural racism present in Brazilian society and its reflections in the academic context. Her latest work Airi: do tumbeiro a academia (2023) was selected for the audiovisual exhibition of the 16th International Congress of Anthropology of the ASAEE, the National Spanish Anthropology Association.