Interview with Suely Rolnik (2009)

Interview with Suely Rolnik, conducted by Pablo Costa, during the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia under the title Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas. In this interview, Suely Rolnik talks about her take on how her particular performance-related work makes a political intervention in the public sphere. This interview complements her keynote Furor de arquivo, presented in this 10-day event, which brought together activism, scholarship, and art around the themes of legacies, memories, struggles, and frontiers of citizenship.


Suely Rolnik has degrees in Sociology and Philosophy from the Université Paris VIII and a degree in Psychology from the Université Paris VII. She teaches at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo and is a visiting professor in the Program of Independent Studies at the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MacBa) and the Official Master's program in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS). Her work is located in a terrain transversalized by philosophy, clinical practice, politics, and aesthetics and takes the form of research, writing, teaching, treatment, and clinical practice strictu senso. She is the author, among other books, of Micropolítica: Cartografías del deseo (in collaboration with Félix Guattari) and a researcher with the network Conceptualismos del Sur.

Background Information
  • TItle: Interview with Suely Rolnik
  • Alternate Title: Suely Rolnik
  • Date: 27 Aug 2009
  • Location: Recorded at the Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia, on August 27, 2009, as part of the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
  • Interviewee: Suely Rolnik
  • Interviewer: Pablo Costa
  • Duration: 25 minutes
  • Language: Portuguese