This talk explores the work of German-Chilean artist Lorenza Böttner (1959–1994), her disability-rights activism and her use of photography, performance, drawing, and painting as techniques to produce a dissident embodiment and political subjectivity. Surpassing categories of Abstract Expressionism, figurative painting, or the feminist tradition of performance art, Böttner painted and danced, claiming the right to publicly exist and create in a transgender armless body.
Paul B. Preciado is a philosopher, curator, and transgender activist and one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexual politics. He is the author of Contra-Sexual Manifesto (forthcoming Columbia University Press), Pornotopia (2014) (recipient of Sade Price in France), and Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics (2013). He has been head of research, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and director of the independent studies program (2011–2014). From 2014 to 2017 he was curator of public programs of documenta 14. He is a writer in residence at LUMA Foundation, Arles. He lives between Athens, Paris, and Barcelona.