Workshop Talk

• Tue 25 06 2019 •
MEMORY LAB #4 Her*stories – Memory Lab goes Emanzenexpress/ For an intersectional and feminist perspective of archives


Location: atelier automatique, Rottstrasse 14, 44793 Bochum
In german language
Free admission

From May to July 2019, EVA BUSCH and JULIA NITSCHKE from the Bochum art space atelier automatique will be examining examples of feminist resistance in Bochum of the 1980s and 1990s in an artistic research project. Their exhibition Emanzenexpress-Gemeinam sind wir gemeiner delves deep into historical documents such as leaflets, newspapers, zines, books and tape recordings of such feminist archives as the ausZeiten FRAUENARCHIV, the MADONNA e.V. and the Frauenbibliothek LIESELLE in order to learn things useful in today’s practice. In a conversation with the human rights researcher and activist MIRIAM YOSEF and the artists MAREIKE BERNIEN and YASMINE EID-SABBAGH, they will explore what an anti-racist intersectional feminist archive can look like, based on the experiences of the project. What are the characteristics of critical feminist archiving, understood as social practice? How to create alliances that open up spaces of solidarity for community building? What role is played by questions of race, class or gender? How important are safe spaces? And to what extent can digital media technologies democratize the apparatuses of knowledge production?

Based on the project experiences, MAREIKE BERNIEN and YASMINE EID-SABBAGH delve deeper into the questions of feminist, antiracist, intersectional archive practice. What are the characteristics of a critical feminist archive, understood as a social practice? How to create alliances that open spaces of solidarity for community building? What role is played by race, class and gender? How important are safe spaces? And to what extent can digital media technologies democratize the apparatuses of knowledge production?

MAREIKE BERNIEN is an artist and teacher working between experimental film, sound and text. In her practice-based PhD, which she completed in 2016 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, she investigated the material, historical and political dimensions of colour in film. Her latest films include: Tiefenschärfe (Depth of field, 2017), co-created with Alex Gerbaulet, and Rainbow’s Gravity (2014), co-created with Kerstin Schroedinger. Her works have featured at international festivals and in other artistic contexts, including the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), the Whitney Museum of American Art, Forum Expanded at the Berlinale, the short film festival in Oberhausen and Les Complices
in Zurich.

The artist YASMINE EID-SABBAGH studied history, photography and visual anthropology in Paris. In 2018, she earned her doctorate at the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. From 2006 to 2011, she lived in Burj Shamali, a Palestinian refugee camp next to Tyre, where she conducted photographic research, including a conversation project with young Palestinians, while also archiving private and studio recordings. Eid-Sabbagh has been a member of the Arab Image Foundation since 2008. She received the Arles Discovery Award 2013, and the 8th Vevey International Photography Award 2011 – for her collaboration with Rozenn Quéré entitled Vies possibles et imaginaires (Possible and Imaginary Lives).

EVA BUSCH studied anthropology and art; her work is situated in the liminal spaces between science, mediation, art and activism. She is particularly interested in queer feminist and postcolonial power criticism, differences and possible commonalities.

JULIA NITSCHKE is a performance artist. As a researcher of the current (Internet) cat image culture phenomenon, she is posing urgent questions about our world. Her collective Meine Wunschdomain (My Desired Domain) develops visions for a utopian and solidary future in “oracle performances”. Together with Caroline Kapp and Eva Busch, she is also involved in political/performative thought formats.

In Bochum, Eva Busch, Julia Nitzschke and other wonderful people run the atelier automatique, a work space striving for solidarity among artists and supporting the local scene.

MIRIAM YOSEF works in the field of political education as a speaker, trainer and consultant with a focus on racism, power criticism and empowerment. Among other events, she organizes the BPoC empowerment series I Am Not Exotic – I Am Exhausted for the project Rebel of Color. She holds an M.A. in Human Rights from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and a B.Sc. in International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on postcolonial studies, critical race theory and human rights.

AURORA RODONÒ is a freelance cultural worker in the fields of art, film, migration and anti-racism. She also lectures at the Institute for Art and Art Theory/University of Cologne. From 2012 to 2014, she was a project consultant at the Academy of the Arts of the World; from 2003 to 2006, a research assistant at the research and exhibition venture “Project Migration” (Cologne 2005). She participates in the initiative “Unravelling NSU Complex” Tribunal.

The Memory Lab is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb. In cooperation with the atelier automatique
A series of events of the Akademie der Künste der Welt in cooperation with DOMiD – Documentation Centre and Museum of Migration in Germany