Queer Mapuche Visual Artist: Sebastían Calfuqueo

 
May 20th, 2017

Sebastían Calfuqeo is a young visual artist from Santiago, Chile with a degree in Fine Arts from la Universidad de Chile–an institution that he’s been known to critique as both colonialist and patriarchal. Calfuqeo’s work often explores the intersections of queerness, gender, race, and economic class.

Check out this video piece called ‘You Will Never be a Weye’ which talks about ways that colonization and homophobia have and continue to erase the experiences and stories of the Machi Weye people within Mapuche communities. Machi Weyes are gender nonconforming Mapuche people who are often thought of as spiritual leaders and healers in their communities. The video is subtitled in English.

Salem

Salem Acuña is a queer latinx immigrant originally from Santiago, Chile and currently based in Washington, DC. He’s a Leo sun sign who loves to play music, go dancing and kick it with his friends and family as much as possible.  Follow him at @SalemAcu89.

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