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Kizungünewün epupillan

Manuel Carrión Lira /Antonio Catrileo Araya | Experimental Short
Spanish/Mapudungun |Chile| 2019 | 30 min
World Premiere

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 3:45pm
Shorts Program: Indig Love Stories
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1

Three two-spirit mapuche people share their experiences as “epupillan” beings through experimental audiovisual languages composing a collective video-essay.

Three two-spirit mapuche people share their experiences as “epupillan” beings through experimental audiovisual languages composing a collective video-essay. Each part of the video-essay “Kizungünewün epupillan” (two-spirit self-determination) is built as intimate letter exchanges between them, rendering a common experience of “epupillan” or two-spirit self-determination. This seeks to be inappropriable by the affirmative policies of identity, since two-spirit lives have been harshly repressed by coloniality of gender considering them as nefarious sinners, sodomites or berdache from the colonization until nowdays.

The video-essay consists of four chapters: the first is a letter that Antonio writes inviting Constanza and Manuel to feel and think about their life experiences as two-spirit beings, answering in an audiovisual and collective format experimenting with different languages to communicate creative ways to be two-spirit. The other chapters show us Constanza and Manuel sharing their political vision on the two-spirit love, to finally present a two-spirit performative healing action in response to the historical damage we feel in the coloniality of gender.

Manuel Carrión Lira is a Mapuche researcher and video artist. Fulbright PhD student at the University of California, San Diego. Master in Latin American Art, Thought and Culture (IDEA University of Santiago), Bachelor of Design (University of Valparaíso). His work focuses on the concept of materiality and how it alters the understanding of community and politics, from a Mapuche, decolonial and dehumanist sensibility. He has done talks and workshops in academic and non-academic spaces in Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, New York, Neltume, Toronto, Buenos Aires, among others.





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Antonio Calibán Catrileo Araya (Mapuche) is a teacher, writer, weaver and Mapuche researcher. Master in Chilean and Hispanic American Literature, he has published the book of poetry Diaspora (Editions Simiente, 2015) and Awkan epupillan mew: two spirits in divergence (Pehuén Editores, 2019). Part of the artistic research-creation community Catrileo + Carrión, where they have carried out the projects: Neltume señala el camino (2016-2017), Famew Mvlepan Kaxvlew (2017) and Torcer la palabra (2018). Co-author of the book Torcer la palabra: escrituras obrera-feministas (Tiempo Robado Editoras, 2018) and self-published books Yikalay pu zomo Lafkenmapu (2018) and Poyewün witral: bitácora de las tejedoras de Neltume Neltume (2019).