IDFA: Lemebel

Pedro Lemebel (1952­2015) is one of Latin America’s most famous contemporary artists and writers. During the rule of the Chilean dictator Pinochet in the 1980s, he became famous for his controversial texts and performances on subjects such as homosexuality and human rights. Fire and his own body and blood were the crucial and often shocking elements in own work—for one performance, the artist rolled down the burning steps of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, wrapped in a bag.