Art Hub Residency (Resident, autumn 2022)
(Co)Opulence is a newly formed collective by duo xiri tara noir (they/them/princess) and Sall Lam Toro (they/them/hir), two interdisciplinary performance artists and organizers working in the field of multimedia performance art, dance and choreography. The collective work explores parallel realities of pro-hoe/heaux queer/trans pleasures, and the power of eroticism as ritualistic and choreographic practices. These engage with forming speculative radical spaces and hopeful futures, where the erotic interplays with and informs mutual aid economies that seek to build alternatives to capitalist, patriarchal and heteronormative structures. The collective was born out of interrogations of the erotic for crafting new economies (material, of desire and care) forming a process-based mapping of visual happenings. These juxtapose with local and international conversational collages and frame new aesthetic languages for liberatory practices based on queering, pleasure, and anticapitalist thought. Inspired by the developing neighborhood of Halmtorvet and the obscured, excluded, black marginalized trans and queer sex work(er) bodies that more visibly used to take up that space, (Co)Opulence seeks to offer an intimate journey of structural rehabilitation of desire, informed precisely by these bodies.