During the summer of 2016 I was back in my dear Berlin working on this amazing project with my colleagues, the people with whom I did Wir Spielen (We Play) in 2013 (mostly).
Between May 12th and June 24th we worked hard with a myriad collaborators and participants, fostering a platform and meeting point where to share different practices that approach activism, artistic creation, advocacy, performance, etc from a feminist perspective.
Here is more information about this project that allowed me to learn so much.
Also for complete info about the project check noplay.ngbk.de and noplayfeministtraining.wordpress.com/
Feminist Training Camp, Publication
21 May – 26 June 2016 // Opening: 20 May 2016
Still from Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames, 1983
Wake up! This is station 2016 on your dial. If you can’t find it then you’re in trouble, sister.
– Born in Flames, 1983
Wassan Ali, Bini Adamczak & Konstanze Schmitt, Anna Bromley, Cinenova Feminist Film and Video Distributor / Karolin Meunier, COOL FOR YOU, Kajsa Dahlberg, Athena Farrokhzad, Feministische Gesundheitsrecherchegruppe Berlin, Feminist Repair Café / Elisa Garrote Gasch, Annie Goh, Minna Henriksson, International Women’s Space, Karolina Kucia, Las Hipókritas, Lowkick Tag Team, Diana McCarty, Iris Rajanayagam, Noha Ramadan, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Sabrina Saase & Lanca, Nora Sternfeld, Dominika Trapp & Virág Bogyó, MC Xuparina, Andrea Zarza a.o.
— A message from the future is warning us that time is running out. —
In the past years Europe’s colonial continuities and deeply rooted fascist practices have come to the fore in ever more frightening ways. Resistance is now crucial. We urgently need to revive old and develop new feminist and anti-fascist strategies of resistance and survival.
— What training do we need? —
No play proposes a structure, a temporal, spatial and social architecture that turns the exhibition space of nGbK into a resource, a site of activity and exchange in the shape of a Feminist Training Camp.
The Training Camp stems from a queer understanding of feminism with a strong emphasis on grassroots models of collective organization, knowledges based in lived experience and the handling of daily oppressions. A space for disagreement and negotiation that can create a situated public considered political. For this, an intersectional understanding of how categories such as gender, race, class, ability, and sexual orientation are intertwined in oppressive power structures is necessary.
nGbK project group: Freja Bäckman, Enna Gerin, Merja Hannikainen, Annika Högner, Vappu Jalonen, Clara López Menéndez
In 2013 at nGbK the group (with Bogg Johanna Karlsson) investigated the pronoun ‘we’ with the project WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY). Their practice is informed by the idea that the structure of HOW we come together strongly influences WHAT we can do together.