Fefa Vila Nuñez is a queer feminist ‘artivist’, sociologist, mother, essayist, teacher, and many other things. She was born to immigrant parents in the small Galician village of Laza, and studied in Vigo during the period of the city’s industrial restructuring. In 1986 she arrived in Madrid, and there, from the trenches of the student movement and feminism, she came out as a lesbian and embraced activism and experimentation.
Fefa Vila was one of the founders of the lesbian collective LSD (1993-1998), which was, together with La Radical Gai, one of the touchstones of queer artivism in Spain in the 1990s. Through their political-artistic actions, LSD and La Radi defended new ways of understanding the body, sex, life, death, desire, friendship, family and work relationships, and political action. The fight against AIDS also played a key role in their programme.
Fefa Vila is currently working on her thesis on “The reception and ways of doing and thinking queerness in 1990s Spain”. Her research focuses on the concepts of the archive, counter-archive, dislocated archives, embodied archives, and other ways of transmitting the micro-histories, voices, affects, and memories that are left out of normative history.
In this podcast, Fefa Vila reflects aloud on queerness as a state of radical estrangement, which is constantly being redefined. She also outlines a lucid, emotive genealogy of the queer, feminist, and sexual dissidence movements in the Spanish state from the 1970s to the present, which branches out in multiple lines of flight. A collective dissidence that was seen in the emancipatory struggles of the 1970s and reverberates today. Fefa also talks about the need to experience other forms of sociability, other affective-relational models, about motherhood, lesbian motherhood, and about the urgency, in short, of politically addressing this major unresolved issue, from the perspective of feminism.