1/4 Tuesday 8th March 2022
Tuesday 8 March 2022
- 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm UTC+1
Simultaneous French<>English interpretation
Discussions lead and moderated by Julia Morandeira with the participation of Elfi Turpin
This first meeting, adopt a social, economic, and historical perspective as a way to map and deconstruct the structural and material conditions that give rise to unequal institutional practices. Are considered multiple approaches to organising the cultural sector that are situated at the crossroads of feminist, post-colonial, queer, and intersectional thinking.
The historical and socio-political conditions of gender inequality and exclusion
Angela Dimitrakaki & Elke Krasny
How to exhibit as a feminist?
Xabier Arakistain & Elisabeth Lebovici
Art can act as a vantage point to observe and to reflect upon systemic inequalities. Social relationships shape our lives, and some art works have the ability to demonstrate the mechanisms through which this occurs. Art works and the curatorial practice, due to its political nature, are tools to sustain or challenge the status quo in every specific historical context. How can we go beyond a policy of parity in both curatorial teams and the presence of women in exhibitions? How might we curate “feminists exhibitions", and affront sex, gender, sexual identity, class and race inequalities in a manner that surpasses mere representation in institutional programs?
- • Julia Morandeira
Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga is a researcher and curator. She is Curator of Post-Academic Program at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst; and a professor at the Dutch Art Institute master program, ArTEZ University. Morandeira publishes extensively on the intersections of critical theory, cultural studies, artistic and educational practices, and has also acted as a consultant to diverse pedagogical and cultural structures and programs. Her practice is articulated in long-standing projects of curatorial research, which materialise in different formats, structures and gestures, such as Canibalia; Be careful with each other, so we can be dangerous together; Nothing is true, everything is alive; Social Choreographies or Night Studies, to name a few.
- • Angela Dimitrakaki
Angela Dimitrakaki is a writer and art historian. She is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh. Working across feminism and Marxism, she has authored over 80 essays on art, labour, politics; has co-edited the Third Text special issues on Antifascism/ Art/Theory (2019) and Social Reproduction and Art (2017) and the books Politics in a Glass Case: Feminism, Exhibition Cultures and Curatorial Transgressions (2013) and Economy: Art, Production and the Subject in the 21st Century (2015); is the author of Gender, ArtWork and the Global Imperative (2013, Manchester) and Art and Globalisation: From the Postmodern Sign to the Biopolitical Arena (2013, Athens). An award-winning fiction writer in her native Greek, she sits on several advisory boards, including of Decolonize Hellas, is involved in feminist and anti-fascist activism, and lectures widely in Europe.
- • Elke Krasny
Elke Krasny is Professor for Art and Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is a feminist cultural theorist, urban researcher, curator, and author. Krasny’s scholarship addresses questions of ecological and social justice at the present historical conjuncture with a focus on caring practices in architecture, urbanism, and contemporary art. Together with Angelika Fitz, she edited Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet together(MIT Press, 2019). Together with Sophie Lingg, Lena Fritsch, Birgit Bosold, and Vera Hofmann she edited Radicalizing Care. Feminist and Queer Activism in Curating (Sternberg Press, 2021). Her forthcoming book Living with an Infected Planet. Covid-19 Feminism and the Global Frontline of Care develops a feminist perspective on imaginaries of war and realities of care in pandemic times.
- • Xabier Arakistain
Xabier Arakistain incorporated the category of sex as a curatorial criterion since his first exhibition, Trans Sexual Express (BilbaoArte, 1999). Between 2001 and 2003 he introduced sex parity into the exhibition programme at Fundación BilbaoArte Fundazioa, and from 2003 to 2006 he directed the debates on art and feminism at the ARCO contemporary art expert forums. In 2005 he launched Manifiesto Arco 2005 demanding that public administrations adopt practical measures to implement equality between the sexes in the field of art, which inspired article 26 of Spain’s Equality Act. He was Director of Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria-Gasteiz, from 2007 to 2011, making it a pioneering institution in the development and application of feminist policies in the fields of contemporary art, thought and culture. Xabier Arakistain has also curated retrospective shows devoted to Feminist Art pioneers like Margaret Harrison, Judy Chicago and the Guerrilla Girls as well as group shows such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 86 steps in 45 Years of Art and Feminism or Kick in the eye. Eight feminist strategies to interrupt the male gaze.
- • Elisabeth Lebovici
Elisabeth Lebovici, an art historian and critic based in Paris, was a journalist for the newspaper Libération (le-beau-vice.blogspot.com). Her publications include (with Catherine Gonnard) Femmes/artistes, Artistes/femmes, Paris de 1880 à nos jours (Paris : Hazan, 2007) and Ce que le sida m’a fait. Art et Activisme à la fin du XXe siècle (Zurich : JRP Ringier, « lectures Maison Rouge », 2017), which has received the Pierre Daix award (2017). She cocurates (with Patricia Falguières and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez) the weekly seminar at the EHESS (Paris) « Something You Should Know :Artists and Producers ».