Dani d’Emilia

artist and educator

Dani d’Emilia (they/them) is a white-italo-brazilian transfeminist artist and educator working in the intersections of performance, visual art, devised theatre, radical pedagogy, social-relational and ecological justice. Their work engages cuir-metabolic decolonial sensibilities towards the expansion of a sense of intimacy and visceral response-ability that attempts to deactivate the logic of separability within ourselves and our wider relations. Radical Tenderness is a main guiding force in their art and life, which they combine with various other artistic, critical and somatic practices to nurture a political-affective landscape for personal and collective ritualised un/re-learnings around how we can create and nurture ways of being that face – and attempt to interrupt – different forms of violence inherent in our construction as modern subjects. Dani is a member of the collective Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures, and alongside their independent artistic practice they currently also work as a curator and editor of the ArtsEverywhere Platform, as well as an associate of the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies in the University of British Columbia. They were previously a co-founder of the immersive theatre company Living Structures and the art space Roundabout.lx, a core member of the performance collectives La Pocha Nostra and Proyecto Inmiscuir, as well as a collaborator of the ANDlab – Research Centre for Art-Thinking & Politics of Togetherness.