EMILIA-AMALIA Session X: The Practice of Resonance: Generating Political Alliances

EMILIA-AMALIA Session X: The Practice of Resonance: Generating Political Alliances

June 3,
3:00PM to 11:00PM

Presented by Berlin-based artist Alex Martinis Roe and writer Federica Bueti, this workshop will begin from the resonances between two feminist texts that are from completely different places, contexts and discourses: one about the Milan Women’s Bookstore co-operative, and the other No Selves To Abolish: Afropessimism, anti-Politics, and The End of The World by K. Aarons. The resonances and dissonances between the two texts will be explored through a collective film and writing experiment. Through the production of a short film, the group will devise a toolbox of techniques and practices to explore the conditions for generating political alliances between different positions.

To participate in the workshop, please rsvp to leila@gallery44.org.

The texts will be sent in advance of the workshop - please read them prior to the event. No prior knowledge or experience with filmmaking required to participate. 

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Federica Bueti is a writer and editor based in Berlin. She is the editor of ...ment, Journal for Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics (www.journalment.org). Her writing on art and cultural theory has appeared in magazines such as friezeBOMBIbraazMakhzinFlash Art,Carla, X-TRA, a.o., and regularly contributes to critical anthologies and artist monographs. Her current research focuses on feminism, the economies and politics of personal writing. She is part of the curatorial team at SAVVY Contemporary, where she co-curates the series Speaking Feminisms dedicated to an exploration of current feminist practices and alliances. In 2013, she organised the spoken-words series Rhythms, Voices and Ties at Archive Kabinett, Berlin. Her lectures have been held widely including Tate Liverpool, UK; HKW, Berlin, Germany; Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Akademie der Künste Der Welt, Cologne, Germany; Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen, Norway; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany. She is currently completing her PhD in Critical Writing in Art at the Royal College of Art, London.

Alex Martinis Roe b. 1982 (Melbourne, Australia) is an artist based in Berlin. Her current projects focus on feminist genealogies and seek to foster specific and productive relations between different generations as a way of participating in the construction of feminist histories and futures. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Badischer Kunstverein, Germany (2017); ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano (2017); Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2017); Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Amsterdam (2016); Rongwrong, Amsterdam (2014); Archive Kabinett, Berlin (2014); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2013). She was a fellow of the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences, University of the Arts, Berlin (2013-2016).

Federica Bueti and Alex Martinis Roe are guests of the Goethe-Institut and the Italian Consulate. This event is presented with support from:

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EMILIA–AMALIA is an exploratory working group that employs practices of citation, annotation, and autobiography as modes of activating feminist art, writing and research practices. Through readings, screenings, discussions, and writing activities, the group will investigate historical and intergenerational feminisms, as well as relationships of mentorship, collaboration, and indebtedness between artists, writers, thinkers, curators, and practitioners. In tracing these lines, the group aims to elucidate the histories of feminism that have been obscured and overlooked in the narratives of 1970s, or “second-wave” feminism that we have inherited.

EMILIA–AMALIA critically examines how we fit in with these past iterations, and also, how we might update and extend them so that they can respond to contemporary questions. Motivated by a desire to think through these questions collaboratively, each monthly meeting is structured around a text, a conversation, and a writing activity.

EMILIA–AMALIA is an open group that invites all levels of engagement. We are all experts. No one is an expert. Expertise is not expected.

EMILIA–AMALIA is currently initiated by Cecilia Berkovic, Yaniya Lee, Annie MacDonell, Gabrielle Moser, Zinnia Naqvi, Leila Timmins, and cheyanne turions