SADLY THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR REASONS UNRELATED TO THE ORGANIZATION
I’m an independent curator, editor and writer. Among the projects and exhibitions I curated are Show me the archive and I will tell you who is in power at Kiosk (2017, with Wim Waelput, Ghent), Let’s Talk about the Weather at the Sursock Museum (2016, with Nora Razian and Ashkan Sepahvand, Beirut), Resilience. Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia (2013, Ljubljana), transmediale.08 at HKW (2008, Berlin). I was co-director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2010–12) and co-founder of the network Cluster. I’m chief editor of L’Internationale Online, and was chief editor of the Manifesta Journal (2012–14). My future projects include: Coltan as Cotton. Contour Biennial 9, Mechelen 2018-2019; Not Fully Human, Not Human At All, Kadist, Paris, and other partners (2017-2020), and Dissident Muses. Delphine Seyrig and Feminist Video Collectives in France (1970s-1980s), LAM, Lille and Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2019-2020.

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How can we work within and alongside institutions today, as cultural workers and artists, at a time of violent racialization and terrible ecological crisis, when heightened surveillance reinforces the organized and transnational governmental abuse of natural resources and the common heritage? How do we engage the various institutional constituencies in the countries of the Global North, when it is precisely their governments that are causing and contributing to inhuman civil wars, ecological catastrophes and drone strikes in certain regions of the world, which are forcing thousands of people to be displaced and dispossessed? Too many of them drown, suffocate, or starve to death; otherwise they are exposed to day-to-day violence and ill treatment by the people they encounter on their route.

This is an invitation for cultural workers who operate in different locations but within an intertwined geopolitical reality to slow down their ways of working and acting, to imagine new ecologies of care as a continuous way of supporting and an invitation to listen with attention to feelings that arise from encounters with objects and subjects. This is a call to radically open up our institutional borders and show how these work – or don’t work – in order to make our organizations palpable, audible, sentient, soft, porous, and above all, decolonised and anti-patriarchal.

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NATAŠA PETREŠIN-BACHELEZ
—13 FEB

I Cannot Work Like This

Dialogue with MACBA
Conference in English with simultaneous translation


Tue—13 Feb 19h MACBAFree