Posted: July 4, 2015 Filed under: Action/Collective reading
This is an invitation to join a one-hour reading of Zoe Leonard’s 1992 text “I want a president…”
The reading will be both in Arabic and English and take place at Nutford Place on Edgware Road (London, W2).
The reading marks the commencement of Alia Farid’s ‘A Stage for Any Revolution’ developed through the Serpentine Galleries’ Centre for Possible Studies/Edgware Road Project and presented during the Shubbak Festival.
Posted: April 29, 2015 Filed under: Action/Collective reading
An invitation to read together on the eve of the UK General Election.
On 6 May 2015, please join us on the steps of Trafalgar Square (directly outside the National Gallery) at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.
We will be reading artist Zoe Leonard’s manifesto “I want a president…” (1992) alongside an updated version for 1 hour, after which we will reconvene in a local park or pub (depending on the weather) to celebrate.
Bring yourselves, your lovers, your comrades, your family and friends.
Posted: September 20, 2014 Filed under: Action/Collective reading
Organised in relation to the exhibition Manifesto Show: Act I, artist Kajsa Dahlberg joined a public discussion focused on a series of collective readings that she has been involved in organising with collaborators Malin Arnell, Johanna Gustavsson and Fia-Stina Sandlund.
The on-going project began as an invitation, circulated by the group amongst their community in Stockholm, asking people to come together to read in unison a text written by Zoe Leonard in 1992. Organised to coincide with 2010 General Election, the reading was a ‘response to an increasingly neoliberal political climate in a country just about to give space in parliament to an upcoming fascist, racist and homophobic party’. It took place in Sergels Torg, a public square with long history of political activity that is situated in the centre of the city. It was never anticipated that the event, which was initiated by the group out of political urgency and not articulated within the context of their artistic practice, would continue to have a life beyond this first iteration. Yet, in response to further invitations from various individuals and institutions, the readings have subsequently happened in various centres across Europe.
The conversation between Dahlberg and UK based curator Laura Guy coincided with both the Swedish General Election and an important referendum, to establish the independence of Scotland, in the UK. It was motivated by a desire for a reading to take place in the UK in relation to the forthcoming General Election in 2015.
In dialogue with the themes of the exhibition, the event will attempt to unpack the project in relation to ideas of translation, temporality, feminist collectivity and forms of political speech.
Dieffenbachstraße 31, 10967 Berlin
Posted: April 8, 2012 Filed under: Action/Collective reading
Agnès Giard wrote a short note on our reading at la Fontaine des Innocents in Paris yesterday in the Libération Next Magazine.
You can read it here (in French).
Posted: March 28, 2012 Filed under: Action/Collective reading
Les élections présidentielles françaises approchent. Pour exprimer notre désaccord avec les choix politiques proposés, nous lirons le 7 avril, le texte de Zoe Leonard, “Je veux une gouine comme présidente”, en français et en anglais.
Cette lecture a lieu à l’initiative d…’activistes féministes françaises et du collectif monté par des artistes suédoises “I want a president…”.
Malin Arnell, Kajsa Dahlberg, Johanna Gustavsson and Fia-Stina Sandlund ont lu le texte de Zoe Leonard pour la première fois en suédois au moment des élections législatives de 2010, qui ont vu l’entrée au Parlement suédois de l’extrême-droite.
Elles ont ensuite participé à d’autres lectures collectives à l’invitation d’activistes féministes d’autres pays européens (Finlande, Estonie, Danemark, Espagne).
Comme elles, nous voulons rassembler des activistes, des artistes, des amiEs et des collègues pour protester contre le climat politique de plus en plus néolibéral.
Rejoignez-nous le 7 avril, à 14h à la Fontaine des Innocents à Paris pour cette lecture collective.
PDF for print in French