Biennale of Sydney

Colectivo Ayllu

Colectivo Ayllu, Eat gold, insatiable white conquero, original lithograph produced in collaboration with Australian Print Workshop (APW)

Colectivo Ayllu / Migrantes Transgresorxs

Collective formed 2009 in Madrid, Spain
Lives and works in Madrid

Alex Aguirre Sánchez born 1973 in Quito, Ecuador
Leticia/Kimy Rojas born 1969 in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Francisco Godoy Vega born 1983 in Santiago, Chile
Lucrecia Masson born 1981 in Ombucta, Argentina
Yos Piña Narváez born 1984 in Caracas, Venezuela

Colectivo Ayllu is a collaborative research and artistic-political action group formed by migrants, people of color, and queer and sexual-gender dissidents from the ex-Spanish colonies. The collective proposes a critique of white supremacy and European colonial heteronormative ideology.

In 1513 the Spanish conqueror Vasco Nuñez de Balbao sent dogs to kill Indigenous sodomites in the town of Caraquea. From that moment, the Spanish empire began the heterosexual colonial project. In 1904, the Mexican police detained sodomites in the centre of Mexico City in the so-called case of the ‘Dance of the Forty-One’. The same happened in 1956 in Asunción, Paraguay, in the ‘108 y 1 quemado’ case. In 1997, a sodomite party in Cuenca, Ecuador, was invaded by police and the participants were detained – a key event in the process of initiating the political activism of sexual dissidents in the country.

In 2020 we, black and Indigenous sodomites, are still alive and with wounds we dance the pain away, perreando el dolor with a ‘big revolutionary orgasm’ (Elyla Sinverguenza). Our ancestral sexualities can’t be erased, ‘our languages will not be tamed’. Today the colonial dogs sent by Vasco Nuñez de Balbao take other morphologies: the new dogs are the necropolitical borders; the new dogs are the medical system; the new dogs are the racial profile control; the new dogs are the detention centres for foreigners; the new dogs are the academic knowledge control system and with it epistemological racism; the new dogs are the racist art system’s politics; the new dogs are, too, the heirs of colonial whiteness. None of them can understand the politics, the knowledge and the memories of our bodies. Our bodies are not individual, our bodies are communal and active through dance and sodomite perreo, and hold the long memory of colonial pain.

The colonial dogs are modern technologies, which produce the systematic death of black and Indigenous sodomites. Colectivo Ayllu’s installation for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney reflects upon these ‘new dogs’ and recovers forms of spiritual and dance resistance that have remained in Abya Yala despite the violence. Through a labyrinthine tour of four stations (‘eat gold!, insatiable white conquero’; ‘our genders are ancestral drifts’; ‘Pachakuti mood’; and ‘Around the world: my body is a checkpoint / my body is a borderline’) this multimedia installation is proposed as an Andean huaca – fundamental Inca sanctuaries, tombs, mummies, sacred places and animals – to act as a critique of Western and heteronormative constructions present in the Spanish colonial project inaugurated in 1492, in which dogs played a fundamental role as a tool of torture and oppression. This repressive project did not end in the colony. The fault is not ours, the blame lies with the white and the Christian.

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