Boca Sucia (meaning “dirty mouth”, used to shame children who use “adult” words, re-appropiated as a charming and queer term of endearment) is an arts initiative which was born in response to an annual exhibition “YO CONVIVO”, for AIDS awareness day, 1st of December, a date which seeks to promote knowledge about living with HIV and AIDS. We devised a performative interactive space which was meant to engage people with their own and others bodies, consent, sensuality and pleasure, with the materiality of fluids which are shared. We chose to us Kaolin, a kind of white clay used in cosmetics, for this purpose. We created a kind of white mud, mixing the clay with essential oils and herbal tea.

Kaolin, or china clay, is a naturally occurring porous soft clay rich in the mineral, kaolinite. Kaolin helps to cleanse and exfoliate debris and skin cells on the surface of the skin. It does this by absorbing excess oil and water into itself as well as making a paste when mixed with water.

…we use Kaolin clay in a sort of ritual:

The ritual consists of two or more people taking a bowl of the Kaolin mud, and generating a consensual contract, a ritual. It consists in considering which part of our body we wish to cleanse. It is then communicated to the other consenting parties and we begin the ritual by covering our partner with the clay where and how they have asked. It is then reciprocated.

If you want to know more, or invite us to participate in you exhibition, festival, film space, party of whatever (we’ve done all of those and more), check out our documentation section, or read up on our rituals in the fanzine.