Pablo Lafuente

Writer, researcher and curator


From your point of view, what are the main questions and problems of the Global South?

It is not easy to characterize what the Global South would be, but perhaps a way to define this South would be the fact that some places (geographically, but not exclusively) welcome and produce logics that elude the modern project, its colonial impulse. And not always because they are trying to evade it consciously, but also because its own logic is to not be dependent. So, a question would be how to echo, to contribute to or protect these logics, knowing that at times not intervening is a good option.

Where are the gaps in the South-South dialog? ?

Of course, sometimes, sharing and combining these logics can be productive, and material conditions do not easily exist to do this. Platforms, dynamics and resources that contribute to these exchanges need to be created.

How does the episode, Conversations with objects, in which you participated, relate to these gaps and problems?

Conversations with objects brings, in the midst of experience, materials and ways of doing that the Modern Art narrative only manages to understand as materials to incorporate. The first thing that these experiences show is that this incorporation is only possible with violence. But, also, when these objects obtain space to develop their own behaviors, they show alternatives and paths to follow.

Pablo Lafuente joined the curatorial team for the 31st Biennial of São Paulo in 2014. Prior to that, he was an editor for Afterall Journal and of Afterall’s Exhibition Histories Series, as well as a Reader at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. From 2008 to 2013 he was also associate curator at the Office for Contemporary Norwegian Art in Oslo.
 He lives in the South of Bahia and is a participant in the Museal Episode.