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Panel Discussion: A Las Hormigas/To the Ants 

Panel Discussion: A Las Hormigas/To the Ants 

In response to Pilar Mata Dupont’s new exhibition, Las Hormigas/The Ants, Latinx artists Paola Bórquez Arce, Caro Duca, and Pilar Mata Dupont explore intergenerational trauma and how it plays out in our daily lives, facilitated by Dr Pilar Kasat.

The panel will discuss their individual practices and research, speaking about resilient bodies, and autobiographical theatre. The discussion will be followed by the performance, Las Hormigas.

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About the Artists

Paola Bórquez Arce is a researcher, singer, and performer with experience in the advocacy of women’s rights and cultural equity. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master’s in Population Studies, and is currently a PhD candidate in Biological Anthropology where she studies the intergenerational effect of women’s life experiences on their children’s height in rural East Timor. In addition, she is leading the WA Stories research project at the Centre for Stories which aims to uncover the untold stories of underrepresented groups who are living in our state. Paola is also a core member of Espacio Latinx, a local arts collective of Latin-American people, and a performer at Teatro Papalote, a Mexican-led performing group that produces theatre shows in Spanish. 

Caro Duca (they/them) is an Argentinian theatre maker, performer, producer and inclusivity advocate who lives and plays on Noongar boodja. They have a passion for supporting artists and communities telling their stories. They are the creative director of Teatro Latinx Perth, an artist collective that shares Latinx Australian experiences in unconventional ways. They are also part of WAAPA’s Equity and Inclusion working group and the City of Perth’s LGBTQAI+ advisory group. When they are not working in theatre or advocacy, you can find them watching or playing soccer. Caro works at the Blue Room, Perth, as a Community Engagement Producer. 

Pilar Mata Dupont (1981, Boorloo/Perth) is an Argentinean-Australian filmmaker and artist living and working in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Her art practice encompasses video, photography, and performance with a cinematic focus. She has shown her work in spaces such as  Secession, Vienna; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei; Seoul Museum of Art; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; TENT, Rotterdam; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA. In 2015, she won the Plymouth Contemporary Open, UK, and a residency prize at the19thContemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasilin São Paulo, Brazil. In 2010, she won the Basil Sellers Art Prize with Tarryn Gill. She received her Master’s degree from the Dutch Art Institute in 2016. Pilar is represented by MOORE CONTEMPORARY. 

Dr. Pilar Kasat is well-regarded for her work across the arts sector in Western Australia. She was the Managing Director of Community Arts Network (2004 – 2015) before researching the role of the arts in driving social change, leading to her being a regular voice in national and international forums. She is currently the CEO of Regional Arts WA.


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Image: Pilar Mata Dupont, still from A Table Read, 2022, two-channel video with sound, colour, 58mins running time. Courtesy the Artist and MOORE CONTEMPORARY