The Ritual

Parabol Art Magazine Nr. 9
The Ritual issue. Art as Healing Praxis
Curated by Verena Melgarejo Weinandt & Imayna Caceres
(Vienna / Berlin / Lima)
Size: 40 ✕ 58 cm

Participating Artists: Vivian Zurita, Sergio Zevallos, Sophie Utikal, Mariel Rodríguez, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Maque Pereyra, Antonio Paucar, Eliana Otta, Sandra Monterroso, Ana Mendieta, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Marissa Lôbo, Alfredo Ledesma, Alessandra Dos Santos, Pêdra Costa And Taís Lobo, Imayna Caceres, Gloria Anzaldúa


With a deep preoccupation with the intersection of political, sexual, ecological and spiritual realms, the artists invited push the association between third-world, racialized, gendered bodies and colonial history, political activism and ancestral references, sexual politics and mystical sources.

The works are connected between each other by the invocations they summon, and invoke a stitching of wounds, of moving selves, of spiritual activisms. They refer to cosmovisions of interrelation, of trans and afro spiritualities, of Andean transformations, and indigenous reparations. They braid connections: caring for the dead in underworld journeys, exorcising whiteness with poisonous cures, and channeling communal spirits. They seek to activate ancestral knowledge and universal energies: a politics of the ritual towards healing revolutions.

In curating this printed issue we have approached the artistic and theoretical reflections of two figures: the Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta, and the Chicana author and artist Gloria Anzaldúa. For Anzaldúa, her job as an artist “is to bear witness to what haunts us, to step back and attempt to see the pattern in these events (personal and societal) and how we can repair el daño (the damage) by using the imagination and its vision.” In tune, for Mendieta, art’s greatest value is its spiritual role: “my art is grounded in the belief of one universal energy which runs through everything: from insect to man, from man to spectre, from spectre to plant, from plant to galaxy.”

Thanks to < rotor > association for contemporary art who linked us to Parabol, the suggestions of Miguel López and Arturo Higa, and the work of Manuel Carreon Lopez of

Back/s Together

Back/s Together: Gloria Anzaldúa, her drawings, our connections to her
Co-curated with my sister Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, who I am very grateful for assuming the difficult task to bring the work of Gloria Anzaldúa to a wider audience in Vienna.
Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ)
Maysedergasse 2/4. Stock
1010 Vienna

Drawings, text fragments and rarely known audio recordings by Gloria Anzaldúa are exhibited together with the work of artists, who linked to Abya Yala, relate in their work to the concepts developed by the Xicana author. “My job as an artist is to bear witness to what haunts us, to step back and attempt to see the pattern in these events (personal and societal) and how we can repair el daño (the damage) by using the imagination and its vision. I believe in the transformative power and medicine of art.”

Anzaldua’s drawings come from transparency drawings, notes and diagrams she had presented in the mid 1990s in workshops and lecture “gigs” throughout the USA. The artists –PoC, indigenous, Black, queer and trans– draw inspiration from several of Anzaldúa’s known theoretical reflection such as borderlands, Auto-historia, making faces/ haciendo caras, Coyolxauhqui Imperative, Coatlicue State, or indigenous mythologies. All the displayed works by Gloria Anzaldua are part of “Between Word and Image. A Gloria Anzaldúa Thought Gallery” curated by Julianne Gilland from the Benson Latin American Foundation in Texas. Back/s Together is the second part of the ongoing project “Armando Vo(i)ces” from Verena Melgarejo Weinandt.

Participating artists: Nadia Bekkers, Imayna Caceres, Lía García, INVASORIX, Marissa Lôbo, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Rurru Mipanochia, Maque Pereyra, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Fannie Sosa, Sophie Utikal, Yos Piña Narvaez.

Program: Opening: January, 24 2018 19:00
Workshop Yoggaton by Maque Pereyra: Sat. January 27, 12:00
Duration: January, 24-February 24, 2018

Thanks to Julia Wieger, Gina Bonetti, Lukas Oberndorfer and Basanno Bonelli for their installation support.

Decolonial Borderlands: Reflecting Colonialism in the Art Academy

Curated by Imayna Caceres and Sophie Utikal.

An exploration of strategies by Black and People of Color artists from different diasporas in the Academy of Fine Arts who expose through their own experiences how coloniality lives through all dimensions of life: its impact on bodies marked by the social construct of "race", social class, gender, sexuality, disability or spirituality, among other intersections. The works speak of the need for decolonizing the art academy, pluralisation of knowledge production, and how to effect change in discursive, social, political, and material realities. Another recurrent theme of the participating artists is the own manifestation and reconfiguration of the self, disrupting the hegemonic attempts of making their bodies and stories invisible.

With Works by: Jean-Pierre Cueto, Anti*Colonial Fantasies, Amoako Boafo, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Rini Mitra, Sophie Utikal, Mariel Rodríguez , Sunanda Mesquita, Stephanie Misa, Gerardo Montes de Oca, Hansel Sato, Ruby Sircar, Pêdra Costa, Colectivo Trenza, Maira Caixeta, Mzamo Jama Nondlwana and more. Rundgang of the Akademie der bildenden Künste, 19.-22.01.2017.

Anti*Colonial Fantasies / Decolonial Strategies



Anti*Colonial Fantasies / Decolonial Strategies involved artists from different diasporas, students and lecturers of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, who occupy themselves with a critique of the consequences of colonialism –with a focus on Academia– and the imagination of alternative realities.
The project included an art exhibition, performances, workshops, talks, as well as a publication.

The start of the project was an open call for artistic positions that dealt with Gloria Anzaldua’s notion of borderlands and autohistoria. We sought to address and open questions in regards to: how colonialism in Austria impacts parts of our multiple subjectivities, how coming from histories of migrations is lived on a daily basis; the occupation of situated experiences at the borders as people of color; how structural othering manifests, the role of the educative institution in the colonial project and what has seeped through to the present time, what the curricula says about what is considered as valuable knowledge; and how to open these topics starting at the body and reclaiming other spiritual dimensions, emotions, and rituals.

With contributions by: Amoako Boafo, Sandra Monterroso, Imayna Caceres, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, Stephanie Misa, Gerardo Montes de Oca,  Sophie Utikal, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Cana Bilir-Meier, Pêdra Costa, Daniela Ortiz, Sunanda Mesquita, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Tatiana Nascimento, Ezgi Erol, Firas Shehadeh, Hansel Sato, Rini Mitra, Mariel Rodríguez,  and
Eduardo Triviño Cely, Yuderkys Espinoza.

Curators: Imayna Caceres, Sunanda Mesquita, and Sophie Utikal.
Friday Exit, Vienna. 20th June 2016

The project has been presented in:

—Dunkle Energie. Feministisch Organisieren, Kollektiv Arbeiten.X SPACE / WE DEY Vienna
—University of Arts Linz
—University of Vienna
—Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
—Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
—T.I.C.T.A.C. Taller de Intervenciones Críticas Transfeministas Antirracistas Combativas, Barcelona
—Kritische Künstlerische Praxis – Semper Depot
—Anticolonial Fantasies / Decolonial Strategies. Ed. Zaglossus
—Curating as Antiracist Practice. Ed. De Gruyter

Wer Hat Angst vor dem Museum?

Who is Afraid of the Museum? : An Excavation of Colonial Wounds
At Weltmuseum Vienna, in the context of Wienwoche 2015
Co-curated by Imayna Caceres Pêdra Costa, Marissa Lobo, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt
Projektleiterin: Verena Melgarejo Weinandt

Ayrson Heráclito, Daniela Ortiz, Sergio Zevallos, Katia Tirado, Sandra Monterroso, Älexis Johñson, Pêdra Costa, Alessandra Dos Santos, Michele Matiuzzi, Marissa Lobo, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Imayna Caceres, Erika Trejo, Alfredo Ledesma.

Who is Afraid of the Museum? in:

Zona Intrusa 7 – Catalonia

Zona Intrusa 7 proposed the appropriation of contemporary artistic tools as forms of struggle, resistance, and transformation within the social fabric. The emphasis was to activate in students the capacity to generate emancipatory resources through the knowledge of art projects undertaken by various artists and groups in relation to social and political situations.

The project aims to abandon the idea of art as the production of static objects and thoughts, hegemonic and unconnected with various social problems. Instead it sought to understand and promote the creation of proposals with students who are involved and engaged with local and current social issues.

Working with the students included the discussion of various projects involving institutional critique (generating a questioning of "official" art), the use of Internet and public space, projects that overflow artistic context, as well as different strategies of direct action. The projects discussed addressed notions of gender, social class, colonialism, migration, economics, housing, education, authority and criticize current power structures. Consequently we work with these issues to develop artistic proposals by the students, always in relation to their questions and positions, both personal and collective.

Zona Intrusa is an initiative of the Department of Culture of the City of Mataró that began in 2006-2007. 2013-2014 is the seventh edition and was curated by Nuria Guell, Levi Orta, Daniela Ortiz, Imayna Caceres, and Xose Quiroga.