This encounter screens the video installation Una voz para Erauso. Epílogo para un tiempo trans (A Voice for Erauso. Epilogue for a Trans Time, 2022), by artist duo Cabello/Carceller, a work recently acquired by the Museo Reina Sofía Collection. It also features a presentation by the writer Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, the author of the novel Las niñas del naranjel (The Girls from the Orange Grove, Penguin Random House, 2023) on Catalina/Antonio de Erauso.
Cabello/Carceller’s video installation pivots around Catalina/Antonio de Erauso (ca. 1592–1650): a nun, army lieutenant, non-binary writer and one of the most fascinating figures from Spain’s Golden Age. The artist duo intertwine history with contemporary trans politics upon fixing their gaze on a captivating yet complex figure. Catalina de Erauso was born in San Sebastián somewhere between 1585 and 1592 and was sex assigned a female. She was known in historiography as “la Monja Alférez”, or “the Ensign Nun”, in part owing to her picaresque autobiography in which she narrates the time of her escape from a convent cross-dressed as a man to her role in the army and as a merchant in the colonies of the Americas, even obtaining a papal bull to dress in male habits under the name Antonio. In the video installation, three non-binary people (Tino de Carlos, Lewin Lerbours and Bambi) raise questions around such a contradictory subject — at once transgender and conquistador — while considering possible pasts and futures from otherness.
The activity engages in a dialogue with Orlando, mi biografía política (Orlando. My Political Biography, 2023), a film by Paul B. Preciado.
Cabello/Carceller. Una voz para Erauso. Epílogo para un tiempo trans (A Voice for Erauso. Epilogue for a Trans Time)
Spain, 2022, colour, original version in Spanish, DA, 28’. Museo Reina Sofía Collection