Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio (NLD)

Teresa María Díaz Nerio is a Dominican visual and performance artist and researcher living in Amsterdam. She graduated as a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2007) and received her Master in Fine Arts from the Dutch Art Institute (2009). She does research which is often focused on subjects informed by the history of colonial and neocolonial invasions in the Global South, challenging the hegemonic Eurocentric and US centric notions of who is who and what is what.

The performance “Hommage à Sara Bartman” (2007) elucidates the life, death and afterlife of a South African Khoisan woman. Sara Bartman was exhibited in England and Paris at the beginning of the 19th century as part of a popular entertainment industry of freak shows, menageries, theatres and pleasure gardens. Biologists were fascinated by Khoisan women’s genitalia, “tablier” or elongated labia, which accompany the large buttocks or steatopygia. This was indeed one of the reasons why Sara Bartman was kept as an object at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris under the iconic name  “Hottentot Venus.” Her skeleton, brain and genitalia were exposed with a cast of her body until the 1970’s, when feminists’ protests against her display succeeded. In 1995, Nelson Mandela requested the repatriation of her remains, which only found peace in 2003.


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