Born in Brazil, Deise Faria Nunes is an artist-researcher with a particular interest in performance, rituals, and audiovisual. She has a master’s in theatre studies from the University of Oslo and is currently a PhD candidate in the program Art in Context at the University of Agder, Norway. Nunes also holds a certification in documentary filmmaking from Kino-Doc, Portugal. Based in the Nordics since 1999, Nunes has worked for almost 20 years as a performance artist, dramaturge, producer, writer, and teacher. During this time, she collaborated, among others, with Nordic Black Theatre, Odin Teatret, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslobiennalen, and Black Box Teater Oslo. Nunes co-authors the historical anthology New Daughters of Africa (2019), edited by Margaret Busby, and is the editor of the coming anthology series Afro-Nordic Perspectives on Performance I: Territories, Geographies, Localities (2024). In 2020 and 2021, Nunes led the National Theatre Committee at the Arts Council Norway. From 2018 to 2020 she worked as a performing arts expert for the Nordic Culture Fund. Since 2017, Nunes has focused on the research, production, and dissemination of Black women’s activities in the arts.
‘We have to recognize that our struggle for liberation is given in the language of liberalism’, says thinker, essayist, and poet Fred Moten.