15 July 17

1–5 pm

Studio, 1st floor, front building

This event is free, limited attendance



Luiza Prado de O. Martins





Luiza Prado de O. Martins will hold an intensive one-day workshop, to explore artifacts, such as birth control pills or precarious and improvised abortion devices. These devices materialize the curse that condemns colonized bodies to operate in the world as actors devoid of power, forever bound to the wills and desires of others.


From this initial engagement, participants of the workshop will develop together strategies with which to subvert, redirect, or reimagine the worlds this particular curse designs. Discussion, in broader terms, will include how contemporary provisional “counter-curses” could be created and performed in order to respond or directly confront the impositions of colonialism. Colonialism has a profound impact on our bodies and identities, as well as on the role of art in shaping the future for some, whilst negating the future of others.


Luiza Prado de O. Martins is a researcher, artist, and educator born in Rio de Janeiro, BR. She is currently a PhD candidate in Design Research at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Her work looks into coloniality, gender, technologies of birth control, and Latin American bodies. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, and a MA in Digital Media from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen, DE. She is half of the duo A Parede and one eight of the Decolonising Design group.


The Workshop is part of Jenna Bliss: Nihilism and Self Care