PATRICIA GOMES: B.A. in Art History, Global Gender Studies, University at Buffalo; M.A. in Performance Studies, NYU. Patricia is a first-generation American from a Brazilian family who largely grew-up in upstate New York. Her research explores cultural geographies and performance theory for the interrelationship between identity and place, something she considers a “geo-corporeality.” In order to do this, she turns to the artistic practice of black and brown women of the Americas, primarily in Brazil. Their use of performance, place-making, and relationship to everyday geographies of racial and gendered struggle suggests an alternative way of conceiving activism, disruptions, entanglements, political identity and curation.