On September 21st and 22nd, 2019, is going to take place the first edition of Kink Carnival in Pereira, Colombia. Kink Carnival is a festival that starts with an erotic films season and ends with the presentation of groups, artists, DJs, performance and more attractions for the BDSM practitioners of this country.
Tropicalipsis Infecciosa, one of the enterprises organising the event, says that BDSM has been judged mistakenly as an apology for violence, hitting, standing on or being rude, wearing leather or latex, using whips or riding crops, it is “rough sex”, through the festival it is going to be shown to the country, that if well they are now common practices, it is not about doing anything against our will, nor coerce someone else to take them, it is just another practice in the human being world.
The practices related to human sexuality and have been there since time immemorial, which modify their styles according to its time, reasoning or trends; and to the customs accepted in the society in which they are being practised.
Some religious trends that define how to have sex, where and when it should be done, for example, the catholic that defined in the Middle Age that the only way for coitus should be in missionary position, since “coito a tergo” (doing it from the back is a thing of animals) was considered a sin.
This way, eroticism and all the activities to look for pleasure, being the body and its senses the primary tool for exploration, they were categorised as taboos without any rational argument, it just got the proselytising censure from people who see it as an aberration, like Vātsyāyana’s ‘Kama Sutra’, the oldest book that studies the human sexual behaviour, which is still forbidden in some societies.
Donatien Alphonse François, better known as Marquis de Sade and the writer Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch, in the nineteenth-century, shown through their literature the sexual practices that today are even more refuted in modern societies, that said, the negative association between the sadistic and the humiliated person, actions that relate them to a mental illness, with few academic studies that support these body explorations as “the construction of the sexuality as such (that finds its realisation in the eroticism), have made us lose the sense of the sexuality cosmology, that sinks its roots in a sexual topology of the socialised body, its movements and displacements directly affected by a social meaning” (Bourdieu, 1998).
According to Bourdieu, society is the one in charge of separating and differentiating sexual acts, approve them or censure them; in Colombia, a catholic country by tradition, sexual practices, different to the coitus, have taken them to the sin, just through transformation and the struggle of some groups that have made it possible to change that thought brought since the Spaniard colonisation.
The first time that lesbian relationships were openly spoken in this country was in a book published in 1975, written by Alba Lucia Angel, named Estaba la pájara pinta sentada en un verde limón, (Corredor, 2018), then the plastic artist Santiago Rojas with his work ‘Faenza’ in 1979, exposed a set of photographs in which he showed homosexual experiences, that were stealthily done in the antique theatre El Imperio, in Bogotá (Colombia).
Homosexuality was discussed in a marginal and derogatory way since the way of living their sexuality was more censured; they were considered sinful in the twenthieth-century Colombia. But actions like the ones of 1980, like the publishing of the first gay magazine of Colombia, named ‘La ventana gay’, and in 1982 when the ‘First Latino American and Caribbean Feministic Encounter’ (‘I Encuentro Feminista Latinoamericano y del Caribe’) had place in the capital city (Fragment of the blog Malbarracin, history of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Colombia), they showed a change of the paradigm, which we could say, promoted somehow, the adhesion of the decriminalisation of homosexual conduct in the new constitution of 1991.
They are small changes in an enclosed State, in which they were adopting conventions of international sexual liberation, such as 80’s D/s and S/M practitioners from Bogotá who brought performances from Holland and United Kingdom, countries that had already popularised non-traditional sex, exported leather clothes, erotic toys and all kinds of ideas practiced for different kinds of couples, until 1991 when the BDSM acronym appeared on scene, to group all ways of having sex that was excluded in traditional society, to be also popularised among heterosexual couples.
The BDSM is an acronym that includes a group of erotic practices and fantasies freely agreed, combines the initials of the words Bondage, Discipline, Domination, Submission, Sadism and Masochism. Hence, includes a group of six erotic modalities related among them and bound to what is called alternative sexualities, says Hernandez, director of the BDSM magazine ‘Colombia Digital’.
Without leaving aside the contribution of the capital city of Colombia as the first city that opened a space to the BDSM practices in the ’80s through Ama Claudia, who started a corporation in which all its followers can find workshops, seminars, forums, dungeons and initiation activities. On a way that all the erotic ways of looking for pleasure in people becomes an answer from “the modern individual, who questions his history and thinks, imagines and goes for its own constitution and transformation, and does it in a good part of his body, with the body and through the body” (Pedraza, 1998).
Pleasure has become a search of modern societies that were adapting practices that were not exactly to look for erotic excitation, as ties and lashes used in punishments, which eventually were displaced to sexual activities, explicitly to BDSM as a way of liberating tensions between the person who wants to be dominated and the one who wants to have the power over the other, to obtain an equal climax that can, not necessarily, reach in the genital acts, but also can come from control games and subordination, a different erotic act of courtship that suppose that both sides have licenses, that is the essence of the term.
Nowadays, BDSM practices have been losing their taboo, they are perceived as a way of exploring sexuality, relating to the other through the body, desires, submission experiences, domination, pain and pleasure freely consented, they are becoming a style of life, that step by step was adopted by some Colombian groups and celebrated in alternative festivals.
“The Kink Carnival 2019 in its first version, that is going to take place in the city of Pereira (Colombia), aims to visualise this universe, and unlinked it to the popular suppositions that have been fed by the embezzled imagery, in a grouped effort of two organisations that aim for an approximation of the public to the self-discovery, to the close relation of the BDSM, the art and the externalisation, with the full manifestation of the eroticism of the body, taking it apart of its false connection with perversion and mental disorder” (Tropicalipsis Infecciosa).
Tropicalipsis Infecciosa is an events producer and an independent exhibition platform that aims to visualise audio-visual and artistic projects, in the means of the pedagogy from an optic of bleak subcultures.
Created in Cali, Colombia, in 2011, it has been behind several events, festivals and regional initiatives, reaching other cities like Bogotá, Medellin and Pereira, among others.
Through these eight years of uninterrupted work, it has prevailed and sustained with the support and teamwork of all the people who promote alternative art, such as bands, artists, DJs and performers, leaving an imprint and invaluable legacy in the dark and gothic movement in south-western Colombia.
Regarding Elite Models Studio, it is a webcam professional modelling studio, located in the Coffee Area, dedicated to the capacitation and formation of erotic video chat and streaming video performance models, oriented to adult entertainment from an artistic point of view.
With a year of formation, it is looking to locate itself as the number one studio from the region.