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20 January 2023

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT)


Location:

IAS Common Ground (G11)

Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)

South Wing, Wilkins Building, University College London

Gower Street, London

WC1E 6BT


This event is free but registration is essential.

Kateryna Aliinyk, Ukrainian garden, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 200 × 160 cm. Courtesy: the artist. Learn more about this artwork here



A panel discussion with artists and curators on the political potential of horticultural practice with Raluca Voinea, Dana Olărescu and Darya Tsymbaliuk, hosted by Vlad(a) Vazheyevskyy (Goldsmiths), Daša Anosova (SSEES UCL) and Maja and Reuben Fowkes (UCL Postsocialist Art Centre).



Gardening as a political practice unearths the radical potential of non-exploitative, self-organizing and collectivist approaches to tending plants by confronting social and environmental injustices, challenging the mistreatment of displaced communities, as well as contesting the extractivist ethos of industrial agriculture. An Experimental Station for Art and Life in the Romanian countryside draws on cooperative socialist legacies to reimagine horticulture as a emancipatory platform for institution building, while inner London allotments are reclaimed as spaces of social inclusion by East European migrants sharing knowledge and care for the biotic communities of the soil. At issue also is the extent to which human and plant relations are transformed by uprooting and displacement, with the war in Ukraine posing urgent questions of solidarity and resistance that transcend political and species divides. Political gardening will be explored in this discussion as a strategy for grassroots action in defence of endangered communities, as a field of social struggle and eco-utopian imagining that echoes the subversive histories of rural rebellion and as a rapprochement with other-than-human worlds in troubled times.



Speakers:


Raluca Voinea is curator and art critic, based in Bucharest. Since 2012 she is co-director of tranzit.ro Association. From 2012 to 2019 she managed tranzit.ro space in Bucharest. Starting with 2021, the ideas and approach that configured this space are continued in a new project, The Experimental Station for Research on Art and Life, realised by tranzit.ro together with a group of artists and other cultural workers in a village north of Bucharest. Her work is grounded in a local context, yet open for transversal and transdisciplinary collaborations. Tranzit.ro / people


Dana Olărescu is a socially engaged artist with a focus on challenging minority exclusion and environmental injustice. Through participatory methodologies that democratise access to art and knowledge, she aims to give agency to underserved migrant groups and people habitually excluded from decision-making processes, so they can become active co-producers of culture. Between 2011 and 2018, Dana formed one half of There There, a performance company concerned with reclaiming Eastern European identity in the West. Recent publications include ‘Practising Migration’ in Art, Migration, and the Production of Radical Democratic Citizenship (2022).Dana Olărescu (danaolarescu.com)


Darya Tsymbaliuk (St Antony’ College, University of Oxford) is a writer, researcher and an artist whose work lies at the intersection of environmental humanities and artistic research, and engages with feminist and decolonial methodologies. She is currently a Max Hayward Visiting Fellow (2022 - 2023) at St Antony’ College, University of Oxford, having most recently obtained her PhD at St Andrew University with a thesis on Multispecies ruptures: stories of displacement and human-plant relations from Donbas, Ukraine. darya tsymbalyuk



This event is co-organised by the OCCUPY PPV: Politics and Aesthetics convenors Vlad(a) Vazheyevskyy (Goldsmiths), Daša Anosova (SSEES UCL), and Maja and Reuben Fowkes (UCL Postsocialist Art Centre) within the framework of the SAVA project


Please consider supporting Ecoplatform - a Ukrainian vegan-anarchist eco-organization that promotes principles of horizontality and evasion from anthropocentric ideology. Learn more about how anarchist and vegan initiatives participate in the resistance to the Russian invasion of Ukraine here.






Updated: Nov 17, 2022

26th November 2022

6:00 pm - 8 pm (GMT)


Join us for this workshop on the ways to challenge the indoctrinated ways we think about architecture.


Location: Online

Stream place: TBC


This event is held online.


Fascist architecture has long been propped up and fetishized in the Global West. Architecture has always been a brutal weapon, so maybe it can be reframed as Antifascist? Who are the Antifascist architects history books have erased?


The indoctrination of a contemporary architect in a globalised educational environment relies on consuming and recuperating any radical alternative to capitalism and regurgitating it as a design problem and not an ethical one.


Focusing on issues such as power dynamics, antifascism, language recuperation, representation, identity, contested heritage, public space, and ownership of memory, the speakers will offer tools to rethink architecture and heritage and allow some space for exchange.


Speakers:


Anela Dumonjić

(University of Graz)


Anela Dumonjić is a Bosnian activist, architecture photographer, artist and researcher. Dumonjić has obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at the Technical University of Munich, and she is currently enrolled in the Joint Master’s Programme for Southeastern European Studies in track of Politics and Law, at the University of Graz in Austria.


Her work currently aims at interweaving ex-Yugoslavian socialist material heritage with current oppressive societal and political structures. Other fields of her research are memory, trauma, transnational, gender and decolonial studies, as well as identity politics, which in contemporary culture pose the central core for any action, and resonate with diasporic difficulties of self-contextualisation.


Daniel Jonas-Roche

(Kean University School of Public Architecture)


Daniel Jonas-Roche is an adjunct professor of architecture, curator, and writer in New York City. Originally from Boston, his research focuses included socialist art and architecture, and U.S. labor history. His forthcoming book is entitled, ‘The Sloanist City: Alfred Sloan, Post-Fordism, and American Apartheid’ (DOM publishers, Berlin). His academic writings have been published by Princeton University, Rice University, and include forthcoming publications with the University of Puerto Rico and the MIT School of Architecture. He contributes to the Architects Newspaper and New York Review of Architecture, and is currently a lecturer at Kean University School of Public Architecture.


Andrew Santa Lucia

(Office Andorus/ Portland State University School of Architecture)


Andrew Santa Lucia is a Cuban American designer, educator, and prison abolitionist based in Portland, Oregon. He is Assistant Professor of Practice at Portland State University’s School of Architecture, where he teaches design studio, history/theory/criticism seminars, and is graduate thesis coordinator. He has lectured and exhibited internationally, including Art Basel, the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Andrew’s writing can be found in a broad range of media from academic journals to DIY zines. He runs Office Andorus, which designs architecture for activists, public institutions and private clients with the goal of influencing public perceptions through works of architecture. His work is a hybrid of bold colors, graphics, and shapes used to translate and amplify contemporary issues of social justice through aesthetics.


Chaired by the OCCUPY PPV: Politics and Aesthetics convenors Vlad(a) Vazheyevskyy (Goldsmiths) and Daša Anosova (SSEES UCL)


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Image: Andrew Santa Lucia's ALANAR (Altar to Antifascist Architecture) exhibited at the Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial 2021.


Updated: Oct 26, 2022

A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH INTERNATIONAL FEMINISTS.


28 October 2022

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Location: Masaryk room, 4th floor, SSEES Building, UCL 16 Taviton St, London, WC1H 0BW


This event is free but registration is essential!



On March 16th, Ukrainian feminists Darya Tsymbalyuk and Iryna Zamuraieva addressed the issue of feminism and militarism, justifying feminists’ lobbying for air defence for Ukraine as a manifestation of protection and care rather than a manifestation of militarism.


On September 16th, an Iranian woman Mahsa(Jina) Amini passed away in a hospital as a victim of morality(hijab) police violence. Thousands of women around the globe joined protests against gender apartheid and state tyranny, manifesting the need for human rights protection. Standing for their rights in the streets, the people of Iran are still not visible enough in mainstream media platforms. Resistance in Ukraine and Iran shows an extreme need for protection and solidarity, especially among feminist communities.


Rethinking the history of women fighting for their rights and addressing the topic of pacifism, activism, subjectivity, and care, this panel will problematise the peaceful movements against the power vertical.



Supported by PPV (Perverting the Power Vertical), the FRINGE Centre for the Study of Social and Cultural Complexity, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL



Speakers:


Laya Hooshyari (University of Manchester)


Laya Hooshyari is an Iranian Marxist-Feminist critical psychologist currently pursuing a PhD at University of Manchester.


Linda Gusia (University of Prishtina)


Linda Gusia is a lecturer at the departments of Sociology at the University of Prishtina. Her research has focused on topics of gender, nationalism, activism, representation, public space, memory and violence. As part of her PhD theses she interrogated ambiguities of nationalism and gender by looking both; at the women movement in Kosovo and the sexual violence as a strategy of war centring at the politics of gender representation visually and textually. She holds a PhD from University of Prishtina (2016) and MA from NYU (2003). Linda was co-curator and researcher in the multimedia art exhibition on women’s peaceful resistance in Kosovo. She co-founded the University Program for Gender Studies and Research, UP. She was visiting research scholar and fellow at the Gender Research Institute, Dartmouth College, and fellow for five years of the Academic Fellowship Program OSI. She is currently a PI of the Changing the Story Phase 2 ECR project: The Making of the Museum of Education: Memory, violence and resistance as seen by artists, youth and institutions.


Oksana Potapova (Department of Gender Studies, LSE)


Oksana Potapova, Kyiv, Ukraine (temporarily based in Berlin/London since March 2022) is a women’s rights and peace activist, a practitioner of critical pedagogy and theatre of the oppressed, a feminist researcher and an advocate of feminist peace. Born and raised in the east of Ukraine, Oksana has addressed the aftermath of the conflict in Donbas since 2014. In 2015 Oksana co-founded “Theatre for Dialogue” NGO and women’s initiative “One of Us” where she used community theatre and feminist pedagogy to build dialogue and cohesion to advocate the rights of internally displaced and marginalised groups of women at the national and international level. This experience led to her interest in embodied feminist methodologies and the advocacy of the intersectional WPS agenda. Oksana combines activism with research and advocacy for feminist peace and grassroots movement building in Ukraine. In September 2021, she got an MA in Gender, Peace, and Security from the London School of Economics. Her thesis focused on embodied arts-based practices as decolonial methodologies for knowledge production about peace and security. In September 2022, she started her PhD program with the Department of Gender Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.


Anna Kvit


Anna Kvit is a visiting research fellow at UCL European and International Social and Political Studies (EISPS). Her experience covers empirical research on women in the military of Ukraine, veterans’ reintegration into civilian life and gendered impacts of the war in Ukraine. Anna worked for international and civil society organisations and participated in the development of policies on implementation of the Women Peace and Security agenda in Ukraine. Anna holds a BA degree in Sociology from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine) and MA degree in Global Political Economy from the University of Kassel (Germany).


Moderated by Kateryna Iakovlenko (SSEES, UCL).


Kateryna is a visual culture researcher, journalist, writer, and Senior Research Fellow at the UCL SSEES. Her research touches upon the interconnection between art and violence; specifically, she focuses on the role of culture during politics, transformation, and war.



Consider donating to aid Ukrainian women on the frontlines.

Resources to support the struggle in Iran.



Image: Protests in Tehran on 26th of September.

Taken from the instagram of @from___iran



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