Image credit: Marina Abramović, Rhythm 10, 1973. Installation view, Body and the East: From the 1960s to the Present, 1998.
Throughout 2019 ICI will be reading and thinking through Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe. This selection of texts by Zdenka Badovinac, edited by J. Myers-Szupinska, gathers twenty years of writings from disparate and hard-to-find sources alongside new texts from the forward-thinking Slovenian curator, museum director, and scholar Zdenka Badovinac.
On March 19 we are reading the first chapter “Body and the East,” translated by Mika Briški and previously published by the Moderna galeria, Ljubljana in 1998. The conversation will be led by writer, translator, and interdisciplinary artist Cory Tamler and art historian and curator Jovana Stokic.
ICI’s 2019 Comradeship Reading Group will be co-led by a group of Core Participants, selected by application, in a series of monthly sessions. In this group we will bring together artists, curators, musicians, writers and other cultural producers to consider the twenty years of writing by Badovinac collected in her publication Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe, published by ICI in 2019.
The Comradeship Reading Group discussions be open to the public and will be co-lead by 13-15 Core Participants that commit to attending a majority of the meetings over the course of 2019 and currently includes Kate Fowle, Amanda Parmer, Shehab Awad, Jess Barbagallo, Margot Bouman, Yin Ho, Ladi’Sasha Jones, Carlos Kong, Lynn Maliszewski, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Birgit Rathsmann, Cory Tamler, Mike Tan and Jovana Stokic. We ask that all Core Participants commit to attending three of the five meetings scheduled thus far, listed above, and nine of the fourteen that will be scheduled in total over the year. We will also ask that those selected to participate in this core group lead two of the discussions and contribute regularly to the conversation. Group members will be selected on the basis of their interests and ability to commit to the majority of meetings. Those who may have difficulty with meeting these requirements should join the public sessions that suit your schedule instead. In recognition of the time commitment and intellectual contributions of each member ICI offers an honorarium of $300. The conversations will be open to the public.
In this reading group we will be considering how the breadth of material Badovinac covers in her collected writing intersects with our contemporary and respective work in the context of New York in 2019. Topics Badovinac addresses in her writing include questions of alterity, decolonization, Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic models, instating institutions, parallel and subordinate histories, Laibach, punk and alternative music scenes, code switching, multiculturalism, duration and performance, standardization, the body as a medium for games of power and control, self-determination and self-management, IRWIN, hybridity, critiques of the modernist understanding of quality, quantification of everyday life, allegory, memory and sustainability. These are only a handful of the many incisive connections that Badovinac’s writing elicits, which we look forward to drawing out and thinking through in conversation with you.
Preorder Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe by Zdenka Badovinac, published by ICI. Available here.
Subsequent Comradeship Reading Group dates include:
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Exhibitions; History: Form-Specific Art
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Exhibitions; History: Interrupted Histories
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Contemporaneity; Repetition: The Museum of Contemporary Art
This event is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact ICI for additional accessibility needs.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.