Comradeship Reading Group: The Scent of Apricots, or Back to the USA
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
6:30 – 8 PM
ICI 401 Broadway Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013
FREE and open to the public
Throughout 2019 ICI is 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 October 30 we are reading the eighth chapter “The Scent of Apricots, or Back to the USA,” translated by Tamara Soban and originally published in The Exhibitionist 7 in 2013. The conversation will be co-led by curator and writer, Shehab Awad and researcher and writer, Lynn Maliszewski.
ICI’s 2019 Comradeship Reading Group is open to the public and co-led by a group of 10 core participants: Shehab Awad, Margot Bouman, Yin Ho, Ladi’Sasha Jones, Carlos Kong, Lynn Maliszewski, Birgit Rathsmann, Cory Tamler, Mike Tan and Jovana Stokic. In these monthly sessions we consider 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 draw out and think through in conversation.
Order Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe by Zdenka Badovinac, published by ICI. Available here.
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.
Image Credit: Rroes IRWIN Sélavy, cover of Back to the USA, exh. cat. (Ljubljana: ŠKUC Gallery, 1984). Courtesy ŠKUC Gallery, Ljubljana.