Residency Schedule October – November 2021

From September to November, How to Together questions how to create an inclusive, matriarchal, and queer space as a response to or a strategy for coping with inadequate spaces of learning. Building on the myriad of texts, lived experiences and research of untold matriarchal artists, actions and spaces archived at the WAL, How to be Together will examine notions of togetherness, care, love, creative processes, loneliness, counter knowledge and body-knowledge.

How to be Together supports the urgency of creating a matriarchal space by attempting to retrieve the memory of lost knowledge and celebrating the perspective of those previously sidelined. How to be Together will recollect lived experiences that gesture towards matriarchal sociality - a type of coming together that develops with and through body knowledge. 

“It’s about encouraging folks to empathize and sympathize with others, to walk in the other's shoes, whether the other is a member of the same group or from a different culture”. Gloria E. Anzaldúa

Overview: The residency at the Women’s Art Library (WAL) responds to the diverse community of students and artists it is situated amongst, corresponding directly with the material and sociopolitical conditions of WAL’s specific geography. Centering on the body and its relation to knowledge, it draws upon the powerful fieldwork created by those who write, organize, perform and produce knowledge. It studies current body-based practices through an intersectional lens, considering matriarchal structures, social & political participation, and LGBTQIIA+ perspectives.

In light of this, How to be Together will embody a format of learning together through the activities of exchanging knowledge, sharing a space or a table, having coffee, moving, collective reading, researching. Through these activities, we question what being together could mean. How to be Together is conceived as a collocation of interdependent experiences and experiments that focus on collectivity through the matriarchal perspective.

About The Women's Art Library Collection: The Women's Art Library began as the Women Artists Slide Library, an artists' initiative that developed into an arts organization publishing catalogues and books as well as a magazine from early 1983 to 2002. WAL collected slides, ephemera and other art documentation from artists and actively documented exhibitions and historical collections to offer a public space to view and experience women's art. Thousands of artists from around the world are represented in some form in this collection.

As part of Goldsmiths Library Special Collections and Archives, the Women's Art Library continues to collect slides, artist statements, exhibition ephemera, catalogues, and press material in addition to audio and videotapes, photographs and digital media. We welcome donations from women artists to help us develop this collection which contributes to the curriculum and programming that facilitates new research and art projects, notably through the Women’s Art Library/Feminist Review Art in the Archive Bursary. Any donations should be accompanied by forms you can download from Artists' Documentation.

The Women's Art Library is located in the Library's Special Collections and Archives on the ground floor. The SCA study space has audiovisual equipment for group use, a photocopier and a sliding table. Independent researchers, as well as students and staff, are welcome to consult the collection. The Women's Art Library leaflet the collection is catalogued in the Library catalogue and the Archive and Textile Catalogue.

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