The Fever Hand is a performance lecture inspired by yellow fever’s "come back" in South America. This old disease is deeply connected to the colonial sugar plantations that created the perfect environment for aedes aegypti, the carrier mosquito imported from the African continent by the European slave ships to the Americas. Is it a coincidence that this return coincides with Bolsonaro's rise to power?
The Brazilian artist Vivian Caccuri, known for intersecting music and visual arts in her artistic practice, uses scientific studies on epidemiology and ecology as the background for envisioning and discussing links between sugar cane, yellow fever, Catholicism, how music reflected colonial interactions, and the consequences for new South American bodies. In the form of a “historical hallucination”, in The Fever Hand, Vivian Caccuri makes use of a music piece composed by herself on a large church-style pipe-organ, drawings, historical images, video, sounds and her voice to tell this semi-fictional story.
After the performance lecture the artist will talk with Rita Castro Neves, visual artist, curator and Professor at Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto.