98WEEKS UPCOMING EVENTS

April INTERVIEW-Makhzin
Federica Bueti in Conversation with Giovanna Zapperi
Federica Bueti interviews Giovanna Zapperi on Carla Lonzi's groundbreaking and under-acknowledged feminist contribution to writing and art criticism.
Jacqueline Vodoz, Carla Lonzi with a friend, mid-1970s © Fondazione Jacqueline Vodoz e Bruno Danese, Milano.
"Lonzi experimented with ways of writing “differently” in the context of 1960s-1970s Italian culture, when the country’s social structures were shaken by a growing political contestation — from the workers strikes in the 1960s, to the 1968 revolts, and the autonomous movements that emerged throughout the 1970s — and, of course, a mass feminist movement. She wanted to undo the roles linked to her oppression, while constantly trying to articulate her subjective experience within a collective endeavor." Giovana Zapperi

Every month, Makhzin publishes interviews reflecting on its yearly theme. The interviews around this year's issue, Feminisms, invites writers and artists to explore influential feminist figures, feminist publishing practices, past feminist movements as they inform the present, feminist and queer writing, and contemporary feminist thought and debates.
Federica Bueti is a writer, art critic, and editor based in Berlin. She is editor of …ment, a journal for contemporary culture, art and politics. Her current research focuses on the feminist politics of writing. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, among others frieze, X-TRA journal, art-agenda, CARLA, Flash Art as well as in several artists monographs and critical anthologies. Educated at University of Milan and Brera Academy of Art, Milan, Italy, she is a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art, London.

Giovanna Zapperi is a Paris-based art historian who received her doctorate from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Zapperi examines the interrelation of art criticism, visual culture, and feminism. She has published numerous studies in anthologies, exhibition catalogues, and reviews in France and abroad. In 2013-2014, she was a fellow at the French Academy in Rome where she began working on her current book manuscript on the criticism and art historical work of radical Italian feminist Carla Lonzi (1931–1982).

 

April Interview-Makhzin
Activated Negativity:An Interview with Marina Vishmidt
With Julia Calver and Mira Mattar
In this interview, Julia Calver and Mira Mattar talk to Marina Vishmidt about the significance of gender abolition and what role the concept of a ‘subject’ can play in the revolutionary feminist transformation of social relations.



 
Les Guérillères,Monique Wittig,Ubu Editions, 2007
Abolition of gender, in much contemporary theory, is envisioned as a crucial part of a general movement towards the dismantling of the capitalist relation wherein gender is a primary tool of domination. In this interview Julia Calver and Mira Mattar talk to Marina Vishmidt about the significance of gender abolition and what role the concept of a ‘subject’ can play in the revolutionary feminist transformation of social relations.

Every month, Makhzin publishes interviews reflecting on its yearly theme. The interviews around this year's issue, Feminisms, invites writers and artists to explore influential feminist figures, feminist publishing practices, past feminist movements as they inform the present, feminist and queer writing, and contemporary feminist thought and debates.

 
Marina Vishmidt is a London-based writer and editor occupied mainly with questions around art, labour, materiality, feminism and value. Mainly, she is interested in the relationship between practice and its conditions from the standpoint of negation, and what forms of subjectivity are produced there. She is the author of Speculation as a Mode of Production (Brill, forthcoming) and  A-Autonomy (with Kerstin Stakemeier) (Textem and Mute, 2016). She also writes regularly with Anthony Iles and with Melanie Gilligan. She contributes to artist monographs, journals such as Mute, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, Springerin and the South Atlantic Quarterly, as well as edited collections such as The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics (2014), the Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory (SAGE, 2016) and the Bloomsbury Companion to Marx (2017).She holds an MA from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy and a PhD from the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary, University of London.

Julia Calver is an artist and writer based in London. She curated Bad Omens, an evening of readings for Lit Crawl London, 2015, and co-curated Nearly and Nervous Nearly and Now an event about artists’ writing in the UK and Scandinavia, Gothenburg, 2014, supported by funding from Arts Council England/British Council Artists’ International Development Award. In 2015 she was IASPIS fellow at Konstepidemin, Gothenburg and artist in residence at NLHspace, Copenhagen, culminating in the solo show, The Briar Behind Glass.

Mira Mattar writes fiction and prose poetry. She is a contributing editor at Mute and co-runs a small press. She recently edited You Must Make Your Death Public: A collection of texts and media on the work of Chris Kraus, and co-edited Anguish Language: Writing and Crisis. She lives in south east London. Some of her work can be found at http://her-mouth.tumblr.com/
 

REading Group
The Making of Nationalism and Female Agency
Lead by Dima Hamadeh at 98weeks
Every 3 weeks starting April 2016
 
This reading group addresses the question: how did nationhood became gendered throughout modernity, and how is female agency perceived within the nationalistic structure of thought?
Les Poseuses de bombes featuring Samia Lakhdari, Zohra Drif, Djamila Bouhired, Hassiba Bent-Bouali

Inspired by the iconic images of female fighters from the Algerian Independence war to the more recent images of Rojava militants, this reading group explores literary and theoretical texts that shed light on the constituents of the nationalist’s gaze and the paternalistic moralization behind it. More importantly, it addresses how the notion of patriotism has been instrumental in women’s internalization of the gender hierarchy. Beginning with an excerpt of Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality, where the critique of the modern nation-state is rarely scrutinized, the readings will feature Qasim Amin, commonly celebrated as the first Arab feminist, novelists Assia Djebar and Radwa Ashur in addition to readings in history, national studies and gender.
If interested, please send an email to info@98weeks.net.

Talk by Nuria guell
Ethics of Consequences in Contextual Artistic Practices
April 23, 7pm, 98weeks project space
 
Núria Guell asks if is it is possible to subvert the autonomy that art has won in recent times, opening up a discussion about the delicate line between the ethics of intentions and the ethics of consequences in contextual art practices.
Núria Guell's artistic practice  analyses how power affects our subjectivity by submitting it through hegemonic laws and morals. The resources used in her work flirt with established and institutional powers, which she equally benefits from for being a white, Spanish, European woman. These tactics, diluted into her own life, are developed in specific contexts with the intention of disrupting  power relationships and redistributing enjoyment.
Núria Guell obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona (Spain), Núria continues her studies at the Cátedra Arte de Conducta in Havana (Cuba), under the direction of Tania Bruguera. Her work has been exhibited in biennials and museums in Europe, Latin America, Caribbean, Middle East and United States. She also collaborates with various self-managed social centres.
www.nuriaguell.net