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A Conversation Between Linda Mary Montano and Nicolás Dumit Estevez
for the manuscript:
Sex-Ecology and the Spiritual Pursuit: The Implications of Guilt and Pleasure in the Act of Loving the Earth
Performance artists Linda Mary Montano and Nicolás Dumit Estévez will dialogue about the shared religion of their youth, Roman Catholicism, and its interface with nature, the earth and current ecological concerns, issues and insights.
The question is: Does conservative religion leave room for the interpretation and treatment of the earth as living, co-breathing “sentience;” or does the paradigm of strict religious adherence to law, rules, and the sin-fear model gets collaged over the earth so that subsequent treatment of her might echo a punitive-suffering model that is not conducive to nurturing the planet as loving mother? Perhaps environmental carelessness and abuse might be a more accepted modus operandi of a culture that does not address joy and pleasure as birthrights?
Estévez grew up in an Afro-Caribbean, Lebanese, and Latina/o environment rich in syncretic spiritual identities and beliefs; Montano was raised strictly, was in the convent for two years and is presently a returned and practicing Catholic; so this dialogue between the two of them will be a revelation of struggles and successes in their path of opening the door to their current truth(s).
About Linda Mary Montano and Nicolás Dumit Estévez
In a career spanning over forty years, performance artist Linda Mary Montano (b. 1942) has created works in a variety of forms that explore the possibility of eliminating the distinction between art and life by creating videos, books, objects from past performances, live performances, workshops/teaching and spiritually deep ways of bringing sacred truths to her own daily life and the lives of others.
Nicolás Dumit Estévez (b. 1967) treads an elusive path that manifests itself through experiences where the quotidian and art often overlap. During the last seven years, he has received mentorship from Linda Mary Montano a pioneer figure in the performance art field. Estévez holds degrees in art and theology. Born in Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros, Dominican Republic, he was recently baptized as a Bronxite; a citizen of the Bronx