Nous présentons, en collaboration avec Kungliga Konsthögskolan, un symposium sur trois jours s’articulant autour du film “Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles” de Chantal Akerman, sorti en 1975. Ce symposium intitulé “Looking for Jeanne – rethinking women’s organizing and resistance, with and through art.” aura lieu du 30 octobre au 1er novembre en partie au cinéma Capitol et à Kungliga Konsthögskolan.

Seront alors réunis des artistes, des penseuses, activistes, théoriciennes et historiennes de l’art pour réfléchir de manière critique à l’organisation et à la résistance des femmes, au rôle de l’art et à son potentiel dans une perspective globale.

Programme : 

  • 30 octobre : Diffusion du film “Jeanne Dielman” au cinéma Capitol, 17h30 (Réservez vos places ici)
  • 31 octobre : Symposium – 1ère partie, 9h – 16h, Cinéma Capitol (Réservez vos places ici *), avec Marwa Arsanios, Petra Bauer, Natasa Petresin-Bechelezand et Frances Stacey
  • 1er novembre : Symposium – 2ème partie, 9h – 18h, Kungliga Konsthögskolan, avec Binna Choi, Akwugo Emejulu, Kirsten Lloyd et Marina Vishmidt


* Les billets achetés pour la 1ère partie du symposium au Capitol sont valables pour la 2nde partie du symposium qui se tiendra le lendemain à Kungliga Konsthögskolan. (Prix : 100 kr pour les deux jours.)


Description : How can we critically reflect on and rethink women’s organising and resistance today? How does it relate to historical resistance? And what is the role of art and its potentiality with regards to women’s organising and resistance?

The symposium is the first public presentation in an ongoing 3-year artistic research project focusing on the role of aesthetics in women’s organising and resistance. The starting point is the film Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles, made by the Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman in 1975. Jeanne Dielman depicts the daily routines of a housewife over three days. When the film was released it became very important for European (white) feminist discussions on women’s conditions and the potential of feminist aesthetics. The film ends in an unresolved political situation and narrative. One could interpret the end as a proposal by the filmmaker Chantal Akerman, where she asks us – in her future – to continue looking into women’s conditions and resistance through film and art. We have taken her proposal seriously; who is resisting? What is being resisted? How and what does resistance look like? Who and what is a contemporary Jeanne Dielman? These are the questions posed within the symposium.

Guest speakers: 

Petra Bauer is a Professor in Fine Art, artist and the initiator of the 3-year research project Looking for Jeanne. She is concerned with question of film as a political practice, and sees film as a place where social negotiations can take place.

Natasa Petresin Bachelez is a curator, writer and editor, and lives in Paris. Together with Giovanna Zapperi, she is curator of the exhibition “Les Muses insoumises. Delphine Seyrig between Cinema and Feminist Video” (LaM, Lille and Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid).

Binna Choi has been running the art organization Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons in the Netherlands. The commons from a feminist perspective, reproductive labor, life, community/diverse economics have been the recurrent issues for Binna Choi and the institution.

Marina Vishmidt is a writer, editor, and lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. She publishes and takes part in academic and non-academic contexts, individually and collaboratively, on topics related to the political economies of art, social reproduction, and philosophy.

Kirsten Lloyd is a contemporary art historian and curator, working at the University of Edinburgh. Kirsten has been working on SR-related activities for many years.

Frances Stacey is a curator and producer based in Edinburgh and Newcastle. Since 2013 she has been a Producer at visual art organisation Collective, working closely on the film ‘Workers!’.

Marwa Arsanios is an artist, filmmaker and researcher, based in Beirut and Berlin, who reconsiders politics of the mid-twentieth century from a contemporary perspective, with a particular focus on gender relations, urbanism and industrialisation.

Akwugo Emejulu is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her research interests include the political sociology of race, class and gender and women of colour’s grassroots activism in Europe and the United States.

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