The Monument of Modern Slavery
I am contributing to the exhibition disturbance: witch, curated by Alba D’Urbano and Olga Vostretsova at the Center of Contemporary Art (ZAK) / the Citadel Spandau – see a short description attached. The opening reception is scheduled for the 10th of September and I would be happy to welcome you there.
For this exhibition, I am preparing a work entitled „Monument for Modern Slavery“, which is going be an installation that reflects upon phenomena of slavery, which I am developing in dialogue with the international cultural community and the Fashion Revolution movement. Having spent time in Indonesia and witnessed the horrific living conditions of garment workers there and listened to the stories of their exploitation, I had the impulse to create this installation, which displays clothes collected from the art community and hopefully from other communities, on a series of burnt wooden stakes.
I cordially invite you to contribute to this project with the clothes from your own garderobe – those that you might be bored of, or about to throw in the garbage – from one of the big exploitative brands such as H&M, C&A, Adidas, Reebok, Esprit, Marks & Spencer, Patagonia, Timberland, VANS, The North Face, Wrangler, Puma, ASOS, Converse, Jordan, Nike, Primark, COS, Zara, Promod, GAP, TopShop, etc. These clothes will be modified according to my artistic method and placed on burnt wooden pillars reminiscent of medieval stakes for burning “witches”, expressing a common feeling of guilt in face of the oppressed workers You can send or bring the items of clothing directly to the below address, the Citadel in Spandau.
If you want your name or the name of your organization to be mentioned please let me know. You are welcome also to write a bit your thoughts about the subject along the sending the clothes.
Thank you so very much!
The exhibition disturbance: witch
Exhibition curated by Alba D’Urbano and Olga Vostretsova
ZAK – Center of Contemporary Art
Spandau Citadel Berlin
Opening reception: Sept 10, 2020, 7 pm
Duration: Sept 11 – Dec 20, 2020
The feminist movement of the 1970s had already made the connection between witches and emancipated women, and the witch became a feminist archetype. Often quoted are the slogans by the Italian feminists, “Tremate, tremate, le streghe sono tornate!” (Tremble, tremble, the Witches have returned!) or “La gioia, la gioia, la si inventa, donna si nasce, le streghe si diventa!” (The joy, the joy, she will be discovered: was born as a woman, became a witch). Sylvia Federici, in her analysis of witch-hunting in connection with the transition from feudalism to capitalism, also describes the solidarity of feminists with witches: “Across ideological differences, the feminists have realized that a hierarchical ranking of human faculties and the identification of women with a degraded conception of corporeal reality has been instrumental, historically, to the consolidation of patriarchal power andthe male exploration of female labor.” (Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation).
The exhibition disturbance: witch, located at the ZAK (Center for Contemporary Art) of the Spandau Citadel in Berlin, puts into focus disturbing factors that shake deadlocked power relations that are inherent in the character of the witch. The witch, the “abnormal,” the “irrational,” the “magical” and the “inverse” resists rigid role models and structures.
Unfolded within the framework of this international contemporary art exhibition are the aspects of the witch’s character. disturbance: witch does not address the practices of the historical witch nor the practice of magic, rather it analyzes the accompanying attributions to women and queer persons that are used as instruments of exclusion and strategies of a new witch hunt.
Artist list: Jamika Ajalon (US/FR), Emilio Bianchic (AR), Anna und Bernhard Blume (DE), Johanna Braun (AT), Barbara Breitenfellner (AT/DE), Lysann Buschbeck (DE), Alba D’Urbano und Tina Bara (DE), Sarah Decrostoforo (AT), Veronika Eberhardt (AT), Margret Eicher (DE), Parastou Forouhar (IR/DE), Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya) (RU/NL), Valerio Fuguccio (IT/DE), Nilbar Güres (TR), Horst Haack (DE), Emily Hunt (AU/DE), Orsi Horváth (HU), Isabel Kerkermeier (DE), Sharon Kivland (GB), Franziska Meinert (DE), Lisl Ponger (AT), Lambert Mousseka (CD/DE), Johannes Paul Raether (DE), Suzanne Treister (GB).
At the start of this year Khalid Jone ,one of leaders of We Are Here movement visited Gluklya studio. I was very happy to meet him as after Carnival of the Opressed Feeling from 2017 we have not sustain the diologue.I have explain him the idea of dealing with Matrasses outside ,as i saw a lot of them in the streets of Amsterdam. Since Pandemc started people are througing a lot of stuff out , more then ever and especially matrasses. What a perfect place to write messages , imagine !
We, (Hybrid Studio of the Anonymous Doctors ( HSAD)) hope you are well and let us warmly welcome you to our ClinicN2 event!
Meeting ID: 752 7192 3977
Hybrid Lecture-Crystal /15 October 2020, 3 pm – 6 pm European time
We are happy to invite you to our oscillatingzoom on 15 October 2020 which is to continue the program of the project “Clinic” dedicated to the research and colonization of the subject of Health.
This time our invited doctor will be Boris Klushnikov, philosopher and art historian based in Moscow.
He will discuss the capacity of crystals as a model of thinking and a natural metaphor for a new way of sensitivity.
Each edge of the Crystal will represent a certain thesis based on the history of the Russian avant-garde, the identity of the crystals in contemporary science fiction, and the ecological ideas of Bruno Latour.
During the process of Lecture-Crystal, we will try to construct the chorovod(round dance in Russian) of the suspense body s, trying to build the choreography with a help of the hand-jewelry. (An art-object), which might help us to create a collective dance of the overcoming contradictions.
The concept of this event appeared from the intention to create the perfopera (performative opera ) Care of the Sun as a response to the legendary opera Victory over the Sun, created by the giants of Russian Vanguard in 2013.
The new Corona rules are requiring not more than 6 people in the room. We are proposing not to take it too much dogmatically, but please let us know if you want to join the session alive or by zoom as soon as you can.
Thank you very much /Hartleijke bedankt /( HSAD)
Here you can find our previous letter of ( HSAD)
We wholeheartedly invite you to our Hybrid Studio of the Anonymous Doctors ( HSAD) meeting, which will be held on Monday, 17th of August. This will be the very first meeting of art personas, where we are going to discuss the project Clinic.
The idea of this project grows from our current situation with a pandemic, where the topic of health brings the most attention to the system.
The governments are concerned and thus prepare new special methods to control us, our minds, and our hearts. Their plan of controlling our blood flow and the condition of our organs births the response of any creatively-complete persona.
What we can do is to answer to those actions with an equally challenging game!
We are cordially inviting you to become doctors yourself, or to consciously choose the role of a patient and to self-diagnose.
We are sure that the world hasn’t learned about new illnesses yet. They have yet to be documented, and maybe we, the egalitarian group of self-proclaimed doctors and experimentation, are destined to find ways to overcome them.
I believe that many of you might share our belief that every artist is a doctor. In every art-related activity, there is some amount of art therapy. Although we cannot bring the idea of art in general only to the matter of healing, these times dictate what we focus on.
We invite you to participate in the first meeting of the Doctor’s congress, which will be held in a studio at Marnixstraat 150A, 17th of August, starting from 18:00.
Let’s heal each other until our complete Re-Invention of ours every fragilities!
Love ( HSAD)
|Dear Friends! |
In continuation of project CLINIC about the mutual support and care about each other through the informing and learning of essential topics of our days ( inevitable with the performative elements ) we are cordially inviting you to our zoom conversation meeting on the
13 January 2021 at 4 pm CET time
At each of the meetings, Gluklya is inviting a spoke person named Doctor.
This time a meeting will be constructed as a dialogue between doctors GLUKLYA Natalia Pershina-Jakimanskaya and Vita Buivid about the topic of Aging of our society or Population ageing as it described in the Wikipedia.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 651 743 5460
Abstract of the subject of the talk by Vita Buivid
My interest in research of social and political aspects of ageing relates to the contradictory process of self-awareness. It is devoted to the consideration of one of the critical problems of social philosophy – the study of old age as one of the periods of life of a person and society. Through this research, it seems to me that the essential problem of modern ageing based on the paradoxes and inconsistencies of chronological time and social time. Possibly we can also think about these notions through the local time, expanding it to local chronological time and local social time. The study is presented in the form of fictocritical dystopian novel. This form appeared to be the most suitable to display a large pool of questions that can already be posed, but still do not have an answer. The time in the novel seems to be infinitely stretched, but at the same time, it sometimes shrinks to a specific event. The story is not only the container of thoughts but also contains ideas transforming themselves and adapting while their nature remains the same, but continuously negotiating boundaries between fiction and reality. The future is already here, and therefore it is necessary to be more careful with forecasts.
Please watch the video of Vita made related to the topic https://vimeo.com/413972533
pass – buivid2020
PS 13 January -is the day of saying goodby to the Old Year. Our tradition that we started in St-Petersburg is that we are exchanging presents.
What does it mean : If you have already antibodies or just feeling healthy please come to the studio where i will give you the present physically . In return I will ask you to tel me the story about your most recent prominent experience related to the topic of Love and Care .If you are experiencing other conditions please join our zoom and you will take your present as a free performative lecture about Aging of the Society and in return I would kindly ask you to create a question to the Doctor or Doctors.
Sincerely yours ,Gluklya and Hybrid Studio of the Anonymous Doctors ( HSAD)