Artists and Projects


Hysterix! The Hysterical and Historical Annals: Archives Made Flesh



about the project

The Hysterical and Historical Annals: Archives Made Flesh
21 January – 4 February, 2023

In Botkyrka Konsthall’s Archive, the Peruvian feminist artists collective Hysterix is presenting a processual space, based on the experiences of systematic erasure of their documentation, names, histories, sensibilities and bodies:

We make a parallel with the erasure of historical silencing of histories/hysterias that erupt the system. Not only data but also forms/methods of knowledge production have been erased. We are filling these absences/gaps. Taking ”History” as a starting point, we develop aesthetic strategies based on materials associated with precariousness, pollution, the ordinary, bad taste, junk, cheap, domestic, sick, dirty. We also question the academic archive as the only reliable source of knowledge.

These deletions and erasures are not accidental but a response to political interests related to power structures.

about the artist collective

Hysterix was formed in Lima, Peru, in 2012 by female artists of Peruvian background with the intention of occupying spaces historically denied to women and non-normative bodies through criminalization and gender-based violence.

The collective focuses on interventions outside the white cube. Their focus is on public space where they stage down-to-earth performance acts, live paintings and murals. Hystrix’s methodology is based on treating the intervention as a ritual, where their collective presence and bodies constitute a constantly ongoing work. With the collective body, Hystrix takes over space and reconfigures artistic and organizational methods.

en español (introduction in spanish)

Las Anales histéricos e históricos: Archivos hecho carne

Este espacio procesual parte de las experiencias de la colectiva Hysterix con el borrado sistémico – de su documentación, nombres, historias, sensibilidades, cu­erpos. Hacemos un paralelo con un borrado silenciamiento histórico de historias/histerias incómodas al sistema.

No solo se han borrado datos sino también formas/métodos de producción de conocimiento. Hemos tomado estas ausencias/huecos en “la historia” como punt­os de partida para desarrollar estrategias estéticas en base a materiales asoci­ados a precariedad, polución, lo corriente, el mal gusto, el deshecho, lo barato, lo doméstico, lo enfermo, lo sucio. También cuestionamos el archivo académico como única fuente de conocimiento fidedigno, y finalmente, estos borrados no son casuales sino que responden a intereses políticos relacionados al grupo de poder.

Hysterix are artists-in-residence in Residence Botkyrka in January 2023.


collaboration and support

Hysterix & La Dekoloniala! and Apokaliptika productions,

Supported by Nordisk Kulturfond and Konstnärsnämnden. The project is part of the Globus Opstart program.