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Affidamento – Creating Feminist Solidarity in Art and Curating

Lectures and symposia June 15, 2018 02:00 pm – 03:00 pm
In English, free admission
The meeting is intended to enable an exchange across institutions and functions with the long-term goal, to set something against the permanently installed old boys network, with the excesses of toxic masculinity, something like affidamento - a term of the Italian women's movement. The term was developed in the context of Libreria delle donne di Milano, an association of female/ feminist philosophers, called Diotima.
They developed a policy of relations between women, which they called affidamento (Italian: to confide in one another). In the practice of affidamento, women confer authority and power to each other. As Silvia Federici has argued the rise of capitalism goes hand in hand with the oppression of women, the devaluation of reproductive work and practices of communality. How can we think about new ways to create Feminist solidarity in art and curating now?

The meeting is part of a series on feminist issues, initiated by Lara Perry, Elke Krasny, Helena Reckitt and Dorothee Richter, and is supported by Heike Munder, Alena Nawrotzki, Max Heinrich and Johanna Bruckner.

2 pm: Welcome words by Heike Munder, director Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

2:15 pm: Introduction by Dorothee Richter
Dorothee Richter is a Professor in Contemporary Curating at the University of Reading and head of the PhD in Practice Progamme at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) and the University of Reading.

2:45 pm Helena Reckitt: The Feminist Practice of Affidamento (Entrustment)
Helena Reckitt is a curator and researcher, currently based at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is Reader in Curating in the Art Department.

3:30 pm Yvonne Apiyo Brändle-Amolo: The Decolonised incog-Negro Coconut feminist speaks!
Yvonne Apiyo Brändle-Amolo is an artist, film producer and politician.

4:15 pm Coffee break

4:30pm Lina Džuverović How to do feminism? Feminist solidarity as resistance to the atomization of work and life
Lina Džuverović is a curator and academic, currently affiliated with the University of Reading.

5:15 pm Elke Krasny Feminist Assembly. Curating Beyond Borders
Elke Krasny is professor of art and education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. She works as a curator, urban researcher, and cultural theorist.

6 pm Drinks

Supported by PhD in Practice in Curating, Zurich University for the Arts and University of Reading.