Chris Handberg

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The ninth episode of the Feminism Under Corona series is the result of a conversation with Christina Sharpe, scholar of English Literature and Black Studies. Author of the books Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects(2010) and In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016), she is currently a professor at York University in Toronto. Her voice appeared earlier in several episodes of the Phenomenal Ocean: Corona Under the Ocean 2020 podcast series. Astrida Neimanis, Filipa Ramos or Elizabeth Povinelli mentioned her work in the different conversations from the ocean and towards the waters. In the Wake is a book Sonia Fernández Pan ...
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The eighth episode of the Feminism Under Corona series is the result of an audio-epistolary conversation with Silvia Agüero Fernández that took place in November 2020. On her Twitter account she introduces herself as follows: “Mother, Gitana, Mestiza, Feminist. Worker in my home. In the ghetto I discovered my Roma identity, outside the ghetto I discovered anti-Roma harassment.” The conversation was translated by Ainhoa Nadia Douhaibi Arrazola, a social educator and co-author of the book The Radicalization of Racism. Islamophobia and the Prevention of Terrorism (2019). The rules imposed during the confinement have at no point taken into account the particularities ...
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The seventh episode of the Feminism Under Corona series follows a conversation with Mariam Khan, writer and editor of the book It’s not about the Burqa (2019). This first-person anthology of essays of seventeen Muslim women’s stories gives rise to a collective voice where differences are as important as similarities in creating a community of their own within the spectrum of feminism and world-making. Reading this book is like being anonymously invited to meet another community of feminists. But not in order to talk to or discuss with them, but mainly to listen and to unlearn. One way of presenting ...
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The tenth and final episode of the Feminism Under Corona chapter follows a conversation with poet, playwright and theatre director Koleka Putuma. Author of the poetry book Collective Amnesia (2017) and the play No Easter Sunday for Queers (2017), she is founder and director of Manyano Media, a multidisciplinary project that produces and supports the work and stories of black queer artists and queer life. The conversation between Koleka Putuma, in Cape Town, and Sonia Fernández Pan, in Berlin, took place at the end of January 2021. They talked a lot about poetry, as a practice, as part of Koleka Putuma’s ...
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The podcast Promise No Promises! opens a new chapter called Feminisms in the Caribbean. This series of four new episodes arises from conversations between curator and writer Sonia Fernández Pan and art practitioners from the Caribbean region. The collaboration is part of the public program of the past exhibition One month after being known in that island at the Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger with the Caribbean Art Initiative. The changeful history of the colonization of the Caribbean has left deep scars that are still present today. This is best known by artists and cultural practitioners who work in their own way ...
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When body becomes feeling, the third episode of Feminisms in the Caribbean series, arises from a conversation with the choreographer and performer Marily Gallardo. Teacher in Afro Antillean dance, she is also founder and organiser of Kalalú Danza, Afro Caribbean Cultural Research and Creative Action Lab in Santo Domingo. As Marily Gallardo says in an interview with Dominican journalist Patricia Solano, it is fundamental to recognize the body as the first territory, as the most important place to construct the experience of life. This is because the body is also a denied territory, inhabited by social disciplines, above all for women. ...
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The second episode of the Feminisms in the Caribbean series, Writing in Hiatuses, is the result of an epistolary conversation through audio notes and emails with writer Marta Aponte Alsina. A storyteller, novelist and literary critic, Marta Aponte wrote her novel La muerte feliz de William Carlos Williams (The Happy Death of William Carlos Williams) out of a desire to write a book that she herself wanted to read. This novel, published in 2015, brings up fundamental issues in her writing, such as the gaze of the foreigner, the extended ties of Puerto Rican culture, the rewriting of canonical texts, ...
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In the episode Care the Antwerp-based multidisciplinary artist Otobong Nkanga, focuses on the irrelation between environment, architecture and history. She uses the notion of “land” as a geological and discursive formation, often taking as her starting point the systems and procedures by which raw materials are locally dug up, technologically processed and globally circulated. From there she follows the threads that intertwine ores, material culture and the construction of desire with the redistribution of power and knowledge…
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Curiosity features writer, curator and lecturer at the Institute Art Gender Nature HGK FHNW Filipa Ramos. Filipa Ramos is interested in how art engages with ecology and fosters relationships between humans, non-humans and machines. In this episode, as a memento to Marion von Osten whose engagement, curiosity and energy generated communities of people and things that resonated with one another in unexpected ways, Filipa Ramos shares the story of Jeanne Villepreux-Power, a naturalist who invented in 1832 the first recognizable glass aquarium to aid her observations…
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Joy is a contribution by writer, curator and educator Barbara Casavecchia. In this episode, she speaks about artist Alex Martinis Roe’s research into a genealogy of feminist political practice and her video A story from Circolo della Rosa (2014). Thereby she includes excerpts from Becoming Public Among Ourselves (2018), her own text on the artist’s work…
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Learning from M is the first episode of the new series Going to the Limits of Your Longing, Research as Another Name for Care. It features Yvonne Volkart, author, curator and head of research at the Institute Art Gender Nature HGK FHNW, and artist and cultural producer Peter Spillmann in memory of the artist, curator, researcher, writer, and teacher Marion von Osten. Von Osten’s curatorial, theoretical, and altogether empathic approaches to the medium of exhibition-making revolved around artistic research devoted to the collective. In Learning from M, Yvonne Volkart and Peter Spillmann take the opportunity to remember Marion von Osten and talk about ...
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Worldmaking is based on a talk by Maria Lind, a curator, writer and educator from Stockholm, currently serving as a counsellor of culture at the embassy of Sweden in Moscow. In her contribution she states out the unique force of Marion von Osten when it comes to cultural production including curating. Via the photo-based collage work The Glass of Petrol by artist Agnieszka Polska, Maria Lind talks about the macro- and microlevel of climate change and the agency of art in relation to a revitalized and accelerated understanding of the art’s own relevance and its imaginative and projective qualities…

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