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Kadija de Paula – residency at Sommerakademie Paul Klee [CH]

Switzerland — Residencies

The work of Kadija de Paula [BR/CA] merges several languages to question issues such as social and work values. Resident in the 2021/2022 program at SPK – Sommerakademie Paul Klee [CH], she participated in a hybrid process, which included virtual and face-to-face encounters over the past two years.

During this period, the artist developed research on consumption, reproduction and exploitation of bodies. Kadija began with a focus on the word antinatality, but soon saw that this was not the appropriate term. “The issue is actually reproductive rights, and there are only a few of them,” she says.

She then went back into the human past to understand the history of contraception and population control methods, delved into feminist and queer theories and concepts such as the idea of degrowth (of population, the pace of production) and the collectivisation of the family.

In the end, she proposed a dystopian workshop, a milking and pasteurisation workshop to create a collective milk, held in the la_capsule space in Zurich, in which participants discussed breastfeeding issues. In addition, she held a conversation at the Living Room in Bern on migration, food and politics.


Kadija de Paula [BR/CA] is an artist whose work combines food, text and performance to create situations and happenings that question the value of labour, resources and social practices. Often in collaboration with others, she makes social experiments, domestic works, and other kinds of actions that challenge the limits of life and art. Her works have been presented at Kunsthaus Dresden (DE); MdBK – Museum für bildenden Künste (Leipzig – DE); Huset for Kunst og Design (Holstebro – DK); Bundeskanzleramt (Vienna -AT); Bamboo Curtain Studios (Taipei – TW); Galerie Houg (Paris – FR); Food Culture Days (Vevey – CH); AZB Skulpturen Garten (Zurich – CH); 67 Ludlow Street Gallery (NYC – US); Sesc and 32 São Paulo Biennial (São Paulo – BR); Q21 MuseumsQuartier (Vienna AT); amongst others. She was a laureate of L’institut Français at Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris FR); and artist in residency at KulturKontakt Austria (Vienna – AT); Arbeitsgemeinschaft Zürcher Bildhauer AZB (Zürich – CH), Q21 MuseumsQuartier (Vienna – AT); and her texts have been recently published at CLABO, the online magazine of the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab in Taipei; and Obieg, the online magazine of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw.

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