Upplopp är att älska vår överlevnad / Riot is to Love Our Survival

Departing from the current conditions of struggle and rereading The Undercommons seven years after its first release, poet and scholar Judith Kiros will be in conversation with its authors Stefano Harney and Fred Moten.

The struggle over history is the struggle for life, recognition and reparation. The conditions for an independent historical narrative are a recurring issue within the history of different social movements and struggles for emancipation. Which narratives are given a voice, which are suppressed? How is the ongoing struggle over history expressed today in the context of movements such as black lives matter?

Judith Kiros is a poet, journalist and PhD fellow in literature at Karlstad University. Her first book “O” part poetry and essay is a comprehensive and rhythmic deconstruction of Shakespeare’s play Othello.

Stefano Harney and Fred Moten are authors of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study and the forthcoming All Incomplete (Autonomedia/Minor Compositions 2013 and 2020). Fred teaches at New York University. Stefano teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London. They are students of the black radical tradition and members of Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective. A Swedish translation of The Undercommons is planned for 2021.

The event will be held in English.

The conversation is part of the exhibition A Careful Strike* at Mint konsthall ABF Stockholm that opens on the 3rd of December 2020.

Due to the current situation with the corona pandemic, there will be no audience on location at ABF Stockholm. Please follow the event online through the FB event or on Mints webpage www.m-i-n-t.se, where a recording will be made available. It will also be distributed through Radio Cyklopen and Radio Noden.

*The exhibition A Careful Strike borrows its title from the militant feminist collective Precarias a la deriva (Precarious women adrift) 2005. The collective was formed in Madrid in 2002 in reaction to the male-dominated unions that were organising a general strike in reaction to labour law reforms in Spain. Precarias a la deriva wanted to highlight the challenges many face in participating in strikes, due to a reality of precarious employment and a higher burden of reproductive work. They wanted to create a collective situated narrative on the general tendency toward the precarization of life they were experiencing and the ways to revolt and resist in our everyday lives. – Precarias a la deriva, Una huelga de mucho cuidado (Cuatro hipótesis), 2004.

Downloadable pdf of Fred Moten and Stefano Harneys The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study, Autonomedia Minor Compositions, 2013.

Black Lives Matter-manifestation i Stockholm 3e juni 2020.
Foto: Frankie Fouganthin
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