Comradeship: Body and the East: Reading Group

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
Pages 67-88

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Exhibitions; History: Interrupted Histories
Pages 89-102

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Contemporaneity; Repetition: The Museum of Contemporary Art
Pages 103-120

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with READING GROUP in the subject line. A PDF of the chapter that will be discussed event will be emailed upon RSVP.

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.

March 19, 2019

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New York, NY 10013


Jovana Stokic

Jovana Stokic is a Belgrade-born, New York-based art historian and curator. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her dissertation, The Body Beautiful: Feminine Self-Representations 1970–2007, analyzes works of Marina Abramovic, Martha Rosler, Joan Jonas particularly focusing on the notion of self-representation. Stokic was a fellow at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; a researcher at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the curator of the Kimmel Center Galleries, New York University; and the performance curator at Location One, New York. She is currently on the faculty of the MFA Art Practice, SVA and NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions.

Cory Tamler

Cory Tamler ( is a writer, translator, and interdisciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in theatre, performance as research, and community organizing. She has created and participated in research-based performance projects in the U.S., Germany, and Serbia, and is a core artist with civic arts organization Open Waters in Maine. Cory was a Fulbright Scholar (Berlin), has held fellowships at the James Gallery and the New Museum, and her academic and critical writing and translations have been published in The Mercurian, Studies in Musical Theatre, Asymptote, Culturebot, The Offing, Extended Play, Howlround, and SCENA. As a Ph.D. student in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center, CUNY, she studies open-ended artistic work from social practice to community-based theatre in the Balkans, Germany, and the US. She teaches in the Department of Theater at Brooklyn College and is a member of Commitment Experiment, an experimental performance collective.

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