RU Talk: Qënderesë Deda + Amanda Parmer

RU Talks: Qëndresë Deda + Amanda Parmer
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Residency Unlimited (RU)
360 Court Street (enter the Church through the main entrance)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
FREE and open to the public

Join Residency Unlimited (RU)‘s resident Qëndresë Deda and ICI’s Director of Programs Amanda Parmer for a discussion on “Power and Care.” Parmer was one of five Jury members who selected Deda for the Artists of Tomorrow Award 2018, convening at Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina in Kosovo this past fall. The talk will give multiple perspectives on the dynamics between artists and professional collaborators across the larger art community. Together, Deda and Parmer will discuss what makes us uncomfortable and angry in the process of “creating” a work of art. Both speakers will also analyze struggles and dependencies on the art system and how empathy can sustain and facilitate art practices.

We need to build something,
We need to do something
We need to hold something
We need to share something
We need to give time to something
We need to hold something
We need to feed something
We need to leave it open
We need to leave it accessible
We need to create a new space
We need to work for something
We need to build something
That is not ours and not theirs,
that is not his,
that is not theirs,
that is mine as much as it is yours
and I and you could be anyone
We need to treat it with the same care as we do things that are ours
We need a playground like this for creatures to play
A peaceful battleground
For new creatures to come!
Qënderesë Deda

ICI’s public programs aspire to connect our work to that of fellow New York arts non-profit organizations. By partnering with RU, ICI hopes to showcase the ways in which both organizations center their work on these practices of care and support and maintain their strong networks as a resource for artists and practitioners at a global level.

Residency Unlimited (RU) is a non-profit art organization that supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. RU is located within the former South Congregational Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The space is multifunctional, acting as a hub and meeting place for RU’s various communal activities, public programs, including talks, screenings, performances and exhibitions. Here artists and curators in residence meet with RU staff, conduct research, and at times produce work. Residency Unlimited (RU) provides customized residencies for international and local artists and curators in New York City focused on network support, project/production assistance, and public exposure. This includes weekly meetings with art professionals aligning artistic and curatorial interests, regular project support with RU staff, and a public program opportunity at our Brooklyn location or partnering venues throughout New York.

Image caption: Photo diary, New York, 2019, Qenderese Deda

May 29, 2019

Residency Unlimited (RU)
360 Court Street (enter the Church through the main entrance)
Brooklyn, NY 11231


Qëndresë Deda

Qënderesë Deda (b 1988) lives between Prishtinë, Kosova and Ljubljana, Slovenia. In her recent performance “What are the Words”  presented at the 19th International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns, Deda created “a sound utopia of a real space inside and outside oneself”, where she intertwined personal writings, poetry and graffiti, questioning identity, freedom and restrictions that are imposed on people in present-day society. Qëndresë Deda’s works have been shown in several solo and group exhibitions including: Galerija 7:069: S02EO1 - group presentation Trubarjeva hiša literature - 5. 11. - 15. 11. 2018, Second, third, fourth and fifth DIY Cabaret:  Feminizem ni šala! – Cirkusarna NaokROG ,“Dance piece!” May –October 2018, Svetlobna gverila ALUO (smer video in novi mediji): Sladke barve / Sweet Colours, group presentation, May – June 2018, 7th – 11th March 2018 - Visual image representing the festival, Galerija Nočna izloba Pešak, KUD Mreža Qëndresë Deda: Kaj počnejo besede? March 3 – March 17 ⋅ 19th International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns, FINDING KOSOVO A quest for identity, Exhibition June 14 – June 28 2017 ⋅ Atelierhaus Salzamt, Obere Donaulände 15, 4020 Linz, Austria, NSK State Pavilion.

Amanda Parmer

Amanda Parmer is the Director of Programs at Independent Curators International. She previously worked as the Curator of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and is a 2009-10 Whitney Independent Study Program Helena Rubenstein Curatorial Fellow. She has organized diverse exhibitions, programs and events with artists, collectives, curators and thinkers at Abrons Art Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music‬, Cleopatra’s Brooklyn and Berlin, The Cooper Union, e-flux, High Line‬, The Kitchen, New Museum, The New School, The New York Armory and Volta Shows and Sunview Luncheonette. She was a co-organizer of the LEGACY and PERSONA New Museum Seminars: (Temporary) Collection of Ideas and has taught at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School and Rhode Island School of Design. In 2014 she initiated Parmer, a curatorial platform for exhibiting, programming and writing based in New York that focuses on queer and feminist strategies and post-colonial analysis.

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