Critical Cooking Show - Luiza Prado de O. Martins - Danças


Luiza Prado de O. Martins


Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Danças, 2020.

Critical Cooking Show
January 2021

Danças is a meditation on the employment and preparation of three ingredients that connect the cuisines of Turkey and Brazil—okra, chilis, and oranges—through the recounting of personal stories. These ingredients lead a double life: they are known primarily as food, while also being ingredients in preparations meant to induce fertility. Conversely, some attributes of these ingredients can be linked, symbolically and materially, to the deployment of tear gas as a form of crowd and population control, and thus to a history of repression and dissent.

Danças links the sensorial and affective impacts of these ingredients to the history of Condor Non-Lethal Technologies, a chemical weapon manufacturer based in Rio de Janeiro, and its international impact as a major exporter of tear gas, offering reflections on the position of the modern nation-state as an arbiter of biopower. The episode also touches upon a historical parallel from the mid-20th century: the U.S.-funded Operation Condor provided training, aid, and intelligence, through the CIA, for the installment of military dictatorships all over Latin America—as well as the kidnapping, murder and torture of left-wing political dissidents.

Critical Cooking Show is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Istanbul Design Biennial within the context of its fifth edition, Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one.

Latin America
Biopolitics, Food & Cooking, Violence, Motherhood and Reproduction, Militarization
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Luiza Prado de O. Martins is an artist and researcher working with issues of fertility, reproduction, coloniality, gender, and race. Her artistic research project A Topography of Excesses explores encounters between human and plant beings in herbal medicine through the lenses of radical care.


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