Dani d’Emilia

Wall Associate


Facilitator/Lead, Artist Digital Residency

Dani d’Emilia is the PWIAS lead and facilitator for the Catalyst Artist Digital Residency and the Artistic Practice Immersion Sessions in 2022-23.

Dani (she/her & they/them) is an italo-brasilian artist and educator working in the fields of performance, visual art, devised theatre, radical pedagogy and social-relational justice. Dani’s art-life practice is moved by explorations around how to nurture metabolic intimacy and activate visceral respons(h)ability towards the deactivation of the logic of separability within ourselves and our wider relations. Her work combines performance-pedagogy (performance practice as a pedagogical process of un/re-learning), radical tenderness (a mode of political-affective re-existence), transfeminism (intersectional and trans* inclusive feminism) and decoloniality (interrogating colonial legacies on our bodies, subjectivities and relations) to explore ways in which we can create and nurture ways of being that face – and attempt to interrupt – different forms of violence inherent in our construction as modern subjects. She is part of the collective Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures (CA/BR) since 2017, and is a co-founder of the immersive theatre company Living Structures and the art space Roundabout.lx (PT). Dani was also a core member of the performance collectives La Pocha Nostra (MX/US, 2011-16) and Proyecto Inmiscuir (MX/ES, 2015-17), as well as a collaborator of ANDlab (Research Centre for Art-Thinking & Politics of Togetherness, 2018-21). Over the past 20 years, she has facilitated workshops and presented work in a wide range of institutional and autonomous spaces in Europe and in the Americas.