Damiano Fina

Damiano Fina is an Italian artist. Since 2004, his research has been influenced by Animism, ancient rituals in the Classical Greece, Dogen's Zen and Butoh Dance. In 2015 he founded FÜYA, a method focused on the body’s presences. His work explores the illusory contradiction between equilibrium and disequilibrium; in this field of research he has been introducing Queer Pedagogy. In 2018 he published the book “The Dance of Eros and Thanatos for a Queer Pedagogy”. “The skin is a spread frame, all our organism is made for connection. Conflict is harmony at the same time. Rhythm includes silence and sound, notes and noise, order and chaos, good and evil, masculine and feminine, life and death. This is my androgenic obsession. Performing this rhythm is presence writing”. Damiano Fina releases a serie of performances starting from the Greek term “αἴσθησις” and the Vedas term “tapas”. The presence of the artist is the mutual core of his works constellation: “Art is worship of universe. Our organs are always connected with the world, like tentacles. I want to light up the fact that we have to sense our nature. Stop this adolescent time that reveres dualism. Our heart is our brain, our hands are our stomach, our genitals are our posture and our medulla is a tree, a cloud, a street, a pixel or a cow too. There is no parthenogenesis without entirety”.

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Queer Pedagogy

Damiano Fina's research about Queer Pedagogy in the field of Gender Studies and Queer Theory is focused on the book "The dance of Eros and Thanatos for a Queer Pedagogy". The body and the performance are peculiar times and spaces in which we can play with transformations and we can share negotiations.

Queer Claim Manifesto

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Performing Queerly

The body and the performance are peculiar times and spaces in which we can play with transformations and we can share negotiations. This is Queer Claim. A serie of projects about transforming peculiarities.

Queer Claim is a project of research and performance. A book titled The dance of Eros and Thanatos for a Queer Pedagogy is coming soon in the first part of 2018.


“Queer Claim refuses the conventions of the mainstream sexualism. Being queer means breaking the rules for sex and gender. Queer Claim does not mind about the conventional categories. There is no stereotype of being hetero, gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual etc. Sex and gender have a place within you, your feelings, your story and your spirituality, outside the boundaries of the conventions.

Queer Claim is a manifesto for peculiarities. Each human organism has its story, its feelings, its theory of the world. Sexuality needs freedom. No more definitions, only peculiarities. Having sex is like praying for me. You could be Christian, but in the deep of your organism you make your own religion. It is time to claim a deep unconventionality about sexualities. I wish one day we will not call everything looking for the correct name. Indeed there is no right definition. We are all peculiar, so each being must have its own description, that is always changing and transforming.

Queer Claim has to break the rules for sex and gender in order to reject distinctions between sexualities. We are human organisms. That is how I feel. Straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual are dangerous words, that are building new walls between us. With these definitions we maintain a patriarchy and we create a new hierarchic system. Heterosexuality depends on homosexuality in order to define its own limits, this is not a news. Queer Claim has to talk about a wide, complex and everytime peculiar masculinity and femininity. This is not about a new dualism. First of all we have to recognize that our words are always partial.

The body is about soul and ancestors. There is magic within science. We are linked to the world because we are living organisms. We make our context and our context makes us. Queer Claim wants to point out that masculinity and femininity are socially constructed, they are not stable entities, on the contrary they are made up of conflictual and contradictory aspects. We have to keep in mind this fact not only for gender, but also for sex. We do not need to focus on words and definitions. Sex and gender must be peculiar.

The body has a key role for Queer Claim. It is the space of manifested peculiarity. It is not only a matter of self expression, it is about embodied subjectivity. With our bodies we are always inside exercises of powers. The gaze of the others, our inner eye, the voices of the ancestors, background memories and our perspectives. All these elements are constantly negotiated. It is not only a private-public dialogue, it involves our species and the magic that surrounds us. There is no body, there are bodies. Peculiar bodies, always transforming.

The body and the performance are peculiar times and spaces in which we can play with transformations and we can share negotiations. This is Queer Claim. A serie of projects about transforming peculiarities”.

(Damiano Fina, Queer Claim, 24 December 2016)

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