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Pro-choice rally, Buenos Aires, February 19, 2019. Photo: Tomas F. Cuesta/AP/Shutterstock.

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE: This is the lie authoritarianism always tells. No matter how absolute the regime’s power may seem, there are always ways to push back, to refuse, to subvert—although finding the interstices where action is possible may require immense courage and creativity. In a conversation focused on Latin America’s traditions of resistance, art historian JULIA BRYAN-WILSON and curator MIGUEL A. LÓPEZ survey queer, feminist, and indigenous practices that nullify the distinction between art and activism and locate spaces of possibility under conditions of impossibility. 

 Randolpho Lamonier, Toma posse primeira presidenta negra do Brasil 2027 (For the First Time a Black Woman Is Sworn in as President of Brazil 2027), 2018, sewing and embroidery on fabric, 72 7⁄8 × 61". From the series “Profecias” (Prophesies), 2018.

JULIA BRYAN-WILSON: In May 2017, you and I both spoke at a conference at the Museu de Arte in São Paulo (masp); that same weekend, we attended a trans-rights rally on Avenida Paulista that included many exuberant public expressions of gender variance. Jean Wyllys—the only openly gay member of Brazil’s

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