12 September to 03 November 2023

LACRE - Cuír Art and Resistance Laboratory  is an artistic residency based on practical and theoretical meetings between artists for to discuss issues related to the production of so-called "queer art" and thus introduce a new epistemology based on the idea of the "cuír": a concept that arises to contradict the generalisation of identities and seek a more fluid contextualisation that is less tied to hetero-cis-white-European perspectives on the experiences and artistic production of cuír people.

LACRE is mentored and curated by Rod (artist, Coletivo Afrontosas) in partnership with the Goethe-Institut. LACRE is aimed at only to artists who self-identify as black/racialised Cuír people of any age and working in any artistic field at any level. The laboratory will be organised in 6 sessions (3 hours per session), in a face-to-face dynamic, with practical and theoretical lessons on cuír art, activism and its role in the personal transformation of identities and their repercussions on society. 


12.09 - Tuesday / 3pm


The art of the cuír / Introduction to the basic concepts and new epistemologies of the cuír
With: DIDI,  tony omolu, ROD and guests
Welcome cocktail
19.09 - Tuesday / 3pm
Cuír representation in art history
With ROD and Carol Elis 

26/09 – terça-feira / 15hs
Cuír Music / Safe Spaces / The party as an act of resistance
DIDI and Amina Bawa
03/10 - Tuesday / 3pm
Cuír production on stage and in theatre/Social media management for cuír artists
With Lui L’Abbate and João Baah
10/10 - Tuesday / 3pm
The cuír body in contemporary art
With tony omolu e David J. Amado 
17/10 - Tuesday / 3pm
Cuír art and Afrocentred religiosity

With Jorge Cipriano and Pedro Barbosa


The meetings will be mediated by people from the Afrontosas Collective and guests. At the end of the meetings, it will be proposed to organise a public event in the format of CPC - Conversation+Performance+ Conviviality between the participants. 

Carolina Elis


Visual artist whose artistic production and research dances between the lines of race, gender, sexuality and disability/chronic illness, critically examining their convergences and dissidences. She began venturing into art through digital painting and illustration, having released her work in various publications and on different platforms (such as Contemporânea, Interruptor.pt and SapataPress). Shortly afterwards she expanded her artistic practice to different mediums, such as writing, drawing and traditional painting. She is co-founder of the magazine Kuultur, a member of the União Negra das Artes and the Coletivo Afrontosas.

Amina Bawa

Journalist and Cultural Producer
Journalist from PUC-RIO, Master in Culture and Communication from the University of Lisbon, having developed a project on cultural practices of African origin. 
In Brazil, he has worked in various areas such as trade union communication and the production of museums and cultural spaces.
In Portugal, she works as Content, Marketing and Community Manager at Associação Afrolis, a digital information project that aims to change the perception of the reality of black and racialised women in the country and in the world. Information and Communication Technology teacher at Chapitô, a circus school in Lisbon. Editorial Producer at Gerador, an independent Portuguese journalism, culture and education platform, and co-founder of the Brazilian trends observatory, Brasil Mood.

João Baah

VideoMaker and Marketing Consultant

Born in Brazil, living in Lisbon since 2018, with a degree in performing arts from the Curitiba Cultural Foundation, with a focus on dramaturgy. Always passionate about scripts and cinema, I migrated to the marketing area with a focus on promotion and image strategy. Today I work in a wide range of areas related to communication, and I believe in creating autonomy for artists and people seeking knowledge in online sales.

Lui L'Abbate

Design of Light

Lui L'Abbate is a black cuír artist who loves light and spaces. Since 2015, he has been working mainly with lighting and performance and researching guerrilla and gambiarra as an aesthetic metrology of creation. He designs, sets up and operates lighting for parties and various theatre, improvisation, dance, music, performance and video shows in Brazil, Chile, Portugal, Cape Verde, Germany, Norway, Spain and Senegal.

David J. Amado

Choreographer and Director

Jamaican-American multidisciplinary artist David J. Amado graduated in Music from Columbia University in New York and is a beneficiary of the Ministry of Culture/GDA project support programme. As a choreographer, his mission is to tell the stories of queer black people through ballet. As a filmmaker, David is deeply influenced by the structure of musical films from the 70s and 80s, the aesthetics of American hip hop culture from the 90s, as well as the writing of black queer pioneers such as James Baldwin. His work is situated at the intersection of the fine arts, the queer intellectual and the ghetto. With a multicultural heritage and a career spanning three continents, David J. Amado approaches choreography, film and fashion with a differentiated and inclusive mindset, where audiences have the opportunity to expand their conceptions of the versatility of the black body, as well as that of ballet."

antonyo omolu

Artist and Performer

A hybrid performance artist between theatre and dance who navigates the waters of theatrical anthropology, as a practical-reflexive-theoretical researcher of this practice he presents himself as an actor-dancer - a definition coined by Eugênio Barba to outline the profile of the artist who investigates and practices the pre-expressive behaviour of the human being in a situation of organised representation. He has a master's degree in arts with a focus on teaching methodology in Afro-Brazilian dance, a degree and postgraduate course in philosophy and a postgraduate course in theatre. In Brazil she has had experience in the areas of contemporary dance, theatre, Afro-Brazilian dances (dances of the orixás), performing groups of Afro-Brazilian popular culture, such as congada in Minas Gerais and samba schools. Her experiences and activities in these arts take the form of interpretation, direction, production and education in personal solo and collective creative projects. The hybridity of her artistic background dialogues with her ethnic background, which involves indigenous, African and Portuguese cultures. He is a practitioner of black scenes in movement, Afroqueer corpses, Afro-Atlantic artivism, dialogues and productions of territorial sensitivities of decentralisation and decolonisation of artistic making. Current work includes teaching dance and body expression at the Chapitô school, circulating the show Iabás, production assistance for Teatro Griot, and producing events promoted by Afrontosas.


Artist and DJ

DIDI, a transdisciplinary artist from Brazil living in Lisbon. He researches and works on the queer nègre and immigrant diaspora. Along the way, she has articulated the creation of associations and platforms for artivist culture, such as União Negra das Artes, Afrontosas and Batekoo.

Pedro Barbosa

Bàbáloòrìṣà, Cultural Producer and Journalist

 Researcher into Religions of African Origin. President of the Ilé Àṣẹ Ìgbà Mérìndínlógún Ọ̀ṣùn Cultural, Charitable and Religious Association. Member of the Board of Directors and Culture Department of the Casa do Brasil de Lisboa


Artist and Researcher

Researcher and visual artist. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and a Post-Doctorate from the Centre for Communication and Society Studies of the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho. As a visual artist, his work focuses on decolonial critique. He has taken part in several group exhibitions and solo shows, such as the Lisbon Graphic Fair (2020), Casa do Capitão (2021), Espaço Damas (2021), Festival Bairro em Festa do Largo Residências (2021), Galeria Not a Museum (2021), MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (2022), at the Lisbon Municipal Galleries (2022/2023), as well as taking part in festivals and projects, such as the Walk Talk Açores Festival 2020, the "Community as Immunity" project, the "First Draft" project at the Bairro Alto Theatre, Campo de Treino (2021) and De/Codificar Belém, by Colectivo Faca. He developed the set design for the play "Casa com Árvores dentro", part of the "Pê - Prefixo de Desumanização" project, together with Cláudia Semedo, Gisela Casimiro, Kalaf Epalang, among other artists. He is a founding member of UNA - União Negra das Artes and of Coletivo Afrontosas, where he is a director. IG: @_rod_ada

Jorge Cipriano

Dancer and Choreographer
Thirty-three-year-old black, cisgender and gay man born on the outskirts of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He is a dancer, choreographer and movement director, a lover of theatre and singing, a researcher of Yoruba mythology and a fourteen-year-old initiate of the African religion of the Ketú Nation (Candomblé) in Brazil.
In Portugal, Jorge worked with great figures in African and Contemporary Dance, such as Mestre Petchu and the renowned choreographer Benvindo Fonseca, also collaborating with the Traditional Angolan Dance Company Kilandukilu and as a guest dancer and teacher at the Batoto Yetu PT Association. Institutions such as the School of the Balé Folclórico da Bahia Foundation, the School of Dance of the Cultural Foundation of the State of Bahia (FUNCEB) and Walt Disney have also been part of his career, where Jorge integrated and supervised the more than forty members of the musical show The Lion King in both European cities, Hamburg and London. Resident in Lisbon, Portugal since two thousand and seventeen, he is the Director of Ìkóritá Núcleo de Artes and Vice-President of Associação AMOR (Associação Ilé Àṣẹ Ìgbà Mérìndínlógún Ọ̀ṣùn Cultural Beneficent and Religious Association), founder of Agadá Cia de Dança Afro Contemporânea and creator of the Ọ̀kànràn Dance Teaching Method, he develops artistic and cultural activities (with the aim of demystifying African and Afro-Brazilian Culture and the Religions of Matrix), aimed at the black community, immigrants and minorities.



The meetings will be mediated by people from the Afrontosas Collective and guests. At the end of the meetings, it will be proposed to organise a public event in the format of CPC - Conversation+Performance+ Conviviality between the participants.