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COLOMBIANIZACIÓN Cabaret: Nadia Granados

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Inspired by radical new poetic methods of digital and intermedial storytelling, transgressive visual techniques emerging from new media platforms, and new activisms engaging with theories of homonationalism, pinkwashing and a global queer (un)commons, the QSI offers students immersion in the debates, voices, ideas and images of the current queer/trans digital moment. The Institute features two, interconnected graduate courses: THST 6350: Performing the Queer (Un)commons, taught by Mary Bunch and FILM 5020: Global Queer Cinemas Confront the Pink Line, taught by John Greyson.

Co-presented by the Queer Summer Institute in Research Creation and Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts & Technology. Thank you to our partners and sponsors: SSHRC, The Hemispheric Encounters Partnership Grant, VISTA, Peripheral Visions Co-Lab, AMPD’s Office of the Associate Dean of Research, TIFF, Pleasuredome, the ArQuives, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and Experience York. Banner photo by Katie Rainbow on

Members of the public are invited to join the group for several open events.

COLOMBIANIZACIÓN Cabaret: Nadia Granados
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2022
9:00 – 11:00PM
Tranzac (292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto)

@colombianizacion is a project of performance, video, social media and website, built from the review of files related to confusing violence, fostered by political elites that have transformed economic, social and cultural structures in Colombia. Audiovisual speeches and advertising products prepared by the government press agency to attract foreign investment and tourism, in which the country becomes a product and its name a brand.

Colombianization emphasizes a relationship between advertising, the war that implies a large investment in deadly weapons, and the men who, to strengthen their masculinity, decide to participate in it by assuming different criminal activities.  Using the Drag King to question the system of construction of masculine identities, Nadia Granados interprets the hitman, the soldier, the businessman, the entrepreneur, etc., from different speeches carried out by men, to ironically approach the advertising campaigns, complementing cultural discourses. on terrorism, borders, migration and illegality that justify military interventions in Colombia, under the guise of the fight against drug terrorism.

Nadia Grenados: Using my body in combination with multi-media technologies, my artistic practice illuminates the relationships between the representation of state violence in mainstream media, institutionalized machismo, heterosexual pornography, and violence against women. My work is both performative and technological, both art and activism, and a mix of cabaret, public intervention, and video transmission. Five years ago I created La Fulminante, a character who invites her audience into the world of auto-representation and meta-pornography, using internet information strategies to condemn globalized society. La Fulminante dismantles the language used in the discourse of emancipation by bringing together in her body eroticism and social criticism. La Fulminante is a character inspired by sexually provocative stereotypes of Latin American women. She embodies erotic fantasies built by the mass media, using reggaeton and pornography. She uses her body as a tool to disseminate information, as an element of attraction to make visible alternative political strategies, a resistance against mass media and a struggle against imperialism.

In 2015, I was awarded the 3rd Visual Arts Biennial Bogotá Prize Acquisition Award as well as a FONCA scholarship to create a political multimedia cabaret laboratory in Mexico. In 2013 I was selected for a Franklin Furnace Fund Award for the performance Your Car Is Clean, Your Conscience is Dirty, which I performed in New York City 2015. In 2013, I participated as an invited performer at the Hemispheric Institute’s annual meeting in Sao Paulo, and in 2012 I was invited to Canada for La Rencontre Internationale D’art Performance De Québec (RIAP), taking place throughout four cities in Canada. Additionally, my work has been presented in Canadá, Venezuela, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Ecuador, Argentina, Perú, the United States, Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Estonia, Italy, France, and Colombia.

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May 17 2022


9:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Tranzac Club - Toronto @ 292 Brunswick Ave Toronto, ON M5S 1X9
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