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WEEK 1 / WITH  XIOMARA SEBASTIÁN CASTRO NICULESCU︎︎︎︎

How Does It Feel to be Human?


Race, Transness, and the Ends of Performance




SEMINAR LEADER


Photograph by Aelita Parizek

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Xiomara Sebastián Castro Niculescu is a trans Latina writer, artist, and organizer from New York, by way of Ecuador and Romania. Her work considers the relation of her marked body to many others, through fleshiness, leaks, abjection, and other corporeal stagings beyond the hold of respectability. In her critical writing, she seeks to offer a “trans of color critique” through embodied strategies in performance work by racialized trans women artists from the 1970s to the present. Her performance work is reviewed in Artforum, and her edited book on personal ads is forthcoming from Pink Jacket press. She co-organizes the NYC Trans Oral History Project.





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