photographic portrait of Lia García

Lia García

Lia García (La Novia Sirena) is a trans feminist artist and activist from Mexico City. With studies in Pedagogy from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, her artistic work aims to establish a dialogue between performance art, affectivity, and radical pedagogy as a decolonial methodology. In her current research project, ‘Skin Feminisms: Feeling the Trans Experience’, she analyses performance as a radical pedagogy that transcends the museum space and takes streets, schools and complex spaces, using love to intervene them and build other realities and forms of communication.
Her work has been shown at the International Festival for Sexual Diversity (FIDS Mexico) 2010, Octubre Trans Barcelona, Art Space, El Palomar Barcelona 2014, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and the Extra! International Performance Festival, curated by Pancho Lopez. She was selected as a participating artist in the 2015 Hemispheric convergence and presented her pedagogic proposal in the Hemispheric Institute of performance art and politics in MUAC-UNAM during the 2019 festival.
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The performative root of my pedagogical action is tenderness, because for me everything has to step over the skin. You have to feel the experience of trans people, touching us; what do I touch when I’m touching you? What is touching us? Is a caress a radical teaching of affective proximity? How do we gain knowledge from this body? Through affections? What happen when trans people teach with the skin?
The experience of tenderness has been denied to us through history, though tenderness is an emotional space allowing us to receive an emotional look at ourselves through the eyes of others.

The world pandemic has made us isolate ourselves. Our bodies are subjugated by distance, not allowing us to have affective encounters with the skin. All the health policies in place are so strong to our bodies, meaning touch, hugs and kisses, as to be risky in themselves. This virus has taken away the chance of looking into each other’s eyes. The sound our voices allows us to cross any border, gain access into the spaces now closed. Our voices, just like the coronavirus, can travel through space and time and also getting in to the body.