SIM São Paulo is a catalyst for meetings, bringing together professionals from different market areas. The Humans of SIM series brings stories of people who attend SIM and share their stories and connections enhanced by the event. This week's episode is about Inti Queiroz, teacher, producer, feminist and cultural activist and pre-candidate for councilor in São Paulo
Inti Queiroz has always had a life based on music. His mother, Tibet, is a prominent figure in São Paulo heavy metal (singer of the band Ajna also worked for Made In Brazil) while working on dozens of cultural projects. Her mother's influence was shown in her talent for music: Inti spent 15 years playing bass and guitar in rock bands, but mainly developed a perception that there was a lot to be done by culture and for more than 25 years she has been building a curriculum of respect for actions aimed at public policies for culture, human rights and education. These values have always been the subject of discussion in Inti's family and continue to be passed on to the next generations. His daughter, Naná Ywa Kaingang, 23, is a writer of essays, articles and poetry and a digital artist with a work focused on discussing her indigenous roots. Naná is also one of the creators of AYRENI - Abya Roda de Estudos de Narrativas Indígenas and of the collective ‘Movimento Levante Indígena na USP’, which defends differentiated entrance for indigenous peoples in the university.
Inti was a teenager during the Diretas Já movement. At that time, the punk girl began to express herself by writing fanzines. His activism gained strength at the University of São Paulo, in the early 90s, when he was studying History. Inti returned to USP in 2007 to study Literature and reconnected with the student movement. At that time, work as a producer was already in full swing, with its PIB (Gross Instrumental Product) festival. “The name of the festival also gives this relationship between music and politics in my life. For this reason, I ended up doing a master's and a doctorate on cultural policies in Brazil”, she says.
Inti got to know more and more about cultural policies, participating in struggles at national, state and municipal levels, becoming a reference and lecturing on the topic throughout the country. Helped write and create the Projeto de Lei Municipal SP Cidade da Música and, because of him, he started to attend the city council. “We were able to force the São Paulo City Council to create a Subcommittee on Culture, within the Finance and Budget Committee, with weekly meetings to oversee the execution of the programs of the Municipal Secretary of Culture. This inserted me once and for all into the world of real politics and opened my eyes to public policies in a more general way ”.
Always involved in projects that help to improve conditions for musicians and the cultural scene, she was also involved in social actions, having participated in the articulation of the Movimento Luz Livre, which carried out the historic act “Churrascão da Cracolândia”, in 2012, in order to combat the violent repression of the PM against crack users in the region.
Given the trajectory he traced, in 2019 he felt that the time had come to immerse himself in politics once and for all. “I was prepared, with technical knowledge and courage to try to get a place in the Chamber. Many parties have invited me to be a candidate in recent years, but I chose PSOL because it has a more avant-garde vision and gives more space to women ”, comments Inti, which has the support of the collective As Mina Na Frente in the undertaking to dispute one of the 55 seats in the São Paulo legislature.
The close connection with music and culture made Inti's path cross that of SIM São Paulo. He participated in all editions, especially in the years 2016, when he was part of the opening table, talking about PL SP Cidade da Música, and in 2018 with his festival, PIB, as part of the show schedule. “SIM is a very special time of the year for those who work with music. Always good to meet music friends from all over Brazil and meet new artists. This strengthens the sector. I think the most interesting construction we did during a SIM was in 2019. We managed to stop Bolsonaro's Provisional Measure that extinguished MEIs music companies. This MP coincided to leave during SIM. We quickly gathered several people during the event and managed to activate a direct link with our contacts at the National Congress and arrive at Rodrigo Maia. In less than 24 hours the MP fell”, she recalls.
Faced with a music sector as wide as the Brazilian one, Inti understands that it is a productive chain that involves not only artists and, mainly, not only great artists. The vast majority of music workers exercise their profession in poor working and income conditions, with many of them in the informal sector. “Brazil, and especially São Paulo, has a very rich and diverse musical production, with a lot of export potential. Public policies for music must observe these issues and assist music sectors that do not reach the large market”, she evaluates.
Inti sees the need to think about programs for music workers, creating guarantees to make a living from music, as in other countries: “In France, for example, cultural workers receive special unemployment insurance for periods when they are out of work. paid work. With the changes in the sector, especially after the end of the disc and CD, and with the music in streaming, the work and income relations in music have changed a lot, but Brazilian legislation has not kept up with these changes. Our laws are bad and mostly target only the big market. This reality needs to change. Music is an important niche for employment, economics, development and citizen education and this needs to be provided for in our laws ”.
Inti has been invited to various music festivals and fairs to talk about developing cultural policies for music and believes that the issue needs to be discussed by those working in the sector. “It is always important to have debates on the topic. But it would also be interesting to have more constructive activities as we did at the Por do Som Festival, in 2019 in Ceará, in which music workers met with the public authorities for two whole afternoons to dialogue and build together policies for the sector at the state and municipal level. I was invited to mediate this conversation last year and it was an incredible experience ”.
Even in the face of the turbulent scenario she sees, Inti is positive when talking about the country's future: “I am an optimist. Maybe that's why I became a cultural activist. I see culture as a factor of long-term change. And that is precisely why she is so feared for