35th Bienal de São Paulo
6 Set to 10 Dec 2023
Free Admission
35th Bienal de
São Paulo
6 Set to 10 Dec
Sauna Lésbica – work view during the 35th Bienal de São Paulo © Levi Fanan / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Sauna Lésbica – Tortilleras 2 – lesbo-poetic convergences – Formigão, Elizabeth Mennezes & Janaína_, moderated by Bárbara Esmenia

On 14 October, at 3pm, the panel Tortilleras 2 – lesbo-poetic convergences will take place at Sauna Lésbica, with Formigão, Elizabeth Mennezes and Janaína_, mediated by Bárbara Esmenia.

A project created by Bárbara Esmenia that seeks to promote the presence and dissemination of works by Brazilian writers and singers in conjunction with other writers and singers from other parts of Abya Yala (Latin America). Created with the aim of expanding the knowledge of lesbian poets and singers from this territory, Tortilleras brings together convergences and divergences in the artists’ works. In this edition, Formigão will dialogue with the work of val flores (Argentina), Elizabeth Mennezes with the work of Chavela Vargas (Costa Rica/Mexico), and Janaína_ with the work of Yacunã Tuxá (Bahia/Brazil).

aka Formigão, an oniriko sapatão (he/him) from ZS – SP. Poet and fanzine writer for Edições Formigueiro. Organiser of the soiree Fetiche ou poema? Author of the book Afro Latina (padê editorial).

Elizabeth Mennezes sings, composes, arranges and plays various instruments. From Ubatuba, on the north coast of São Paulo, her references include samba-jazz, jazz and bossa, which are always thought of as a bed for the percussive touches of Terreiro, a miscellany that, in turn, comes from the same place: black song and black touch. Elizabeth sees her singing and writing in this way, composed together with her vulnerabilities and ancestry, something that splashes and protects. She currently dedicates herself to producing her own songs, singing lessons, musical direction for artists and architecture.

Janaína is an Indigenous woman, mother and lesbian living in São Paulo. Multilingual artist: actress, performer, singer, composer, writer and speaker. Master researcher in Human Condition Studies at PPGECH/Federal University of São Carlos; co-idealizer and producer of the uruKum sarau. Artist-educator at the Escola Municipal de Iniciação Artística – Emia/SP. Her work deals with territory, memory and counter-colonial fabrication.

Bárbara Esmenia is a writer, playwright and joker at Theatre of the Oppressed. She is one of the artists in this edition of Sauna Lésbica [Lesbian Sauna] (2023).

Sauna Lésbica is a collective movement for the celebration of Black lesbian and sapatão affectivities and a pleasurable, safe, and provocative space for experiencing politics, the spiritual and the profane, for loving and welcoming.

Sauna Lésbica – Panel – Tortilleras 2 – lesbo-poetic convergences – with guests Formigão, Elizabeth Mennezes and Janaína_, moderated by Bárbara Esmenia
October 14, 2023
Saturday, 3 pm
Lounge Bienal
Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion
Ibirapuera Park, gate 3
Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral, s/n
São Paulo, SP
free admission