Curator Talk: Federica Bueti, SAVVY Contemporary

Thursday, October 10, 7PM — 8:30PM, 2019

As part of ongoing organizational collaboration and exchange with Berlin-based art centres, Or Gallery has invited Italian curator and writer Federica Bueti to present a talk on her recent projects and initiatives at SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin.

For Or Gallery, the convener of these gatherings, the intention is that these discussions will share curatorial, discursive, and networking strategies as part of an ongoing project to develop anti-colonial and socially and politically progressive exhibition practices. This visits also provide an opportunity for curators to directly engage with and compare contemporary art contexts with their Canadian peers, while taking into account the development of Vancouver as comprised of diverse cultural diasporas in the historical context of the colonial dispossession of Indigenous peoples, on whose unceded territory the city occupies and operates.

Federica Bueti: “Building Grounds on Shifting Sand”

I am a builder
sometimes I have built well, but often
I have built without researching the
Upon which I put my building
I raised a beautiful house
And I lived in it for a year
Then it slowly drifted away with the
For I had laid the foundation
Upon shifting sand

– Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter, 2008

If the path towards a ‘dialogue across differences’ is, as Chandra Talpade Mohanty writes, “fraught with tension, competitiveness, pain,” disappointment, misunderstandings, frustrations, and failures, what are the possible modalities by which to reach it? Drawing on her personal research, and her experience of the research for the exhibition projects, Who Who Are Not the Same and Ecologies of Darkness: Building Grounds on Shifting Sands Federica Bueti will reflect on some of the questions that these projects raised. These include the role of artistic and writing practices in sustaining and supporting forms of solidarity; the dream and (im)possibilities of a feminist art institution; the contemporary pitfalls of the feminist slogan’s “personal is political”; refusal as a feminist practice of care; and the challenges of building common grounds for action.

Federica Bueti (b. Scilla, IT 1982) is a writer and editor based in Berlin. Her current research focuses on feminism, the economies and politics of personal writing, and artist writing.

Federica is Head of Publications at SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin and a member of the curatorial team. At SAVVY, Federica co-curates Speaking Feminisms, an event series dedicated to the exploration of current feminist practices and the possibilities for new feminist alliances to respond to the challenges of the present. She is the editor, with Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, of the SAVVY publication The Incantation of the Disquieting Muse: On Divinity, Supra-Realities or the Exorcism of Witchery (2017). She is also co-curator (with Elena Agudio and Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro) of ‘We Who Are Not the Same’ (2018-19), a year-long research and exhibition project dedicated to the exploration of feminist practices and methodologies.

Bueti is the editor of …ment, Journal for Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics. For the journal’s launch In 2013, she organised the spoken-words series Rhythms, Voices and Ties at Archive Kabinett, Berlin. Her writing on art and cultural theory has appeared in magazines such as frieze, BOMB, Ibraaz, Makhzin, Flash Art, Carla, X-TRA and a.o. She also contributes regularly to critical anthologies and artist monographs.

Federica is currently editing her PhD thesis in Critical Writing in Art at the Royal College of Art, London. Her thesis, “Poetics of Negation: The uses of the Personal in the Writings of Moyra Davey, Frances Stark and Anne Boyer” creates a feminist genealogy of writing in the key of negation, refusals, and the uses of the personal in writing.

Image courtesy of SAVVY Contemporary.

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