How to be Together? Exploring Matriarchal Spaces 

Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths University. 


Selected to be the first artistic researcher to work and activate the Special Collections space at the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University, 'How to be Together' is a performative exhibition of curatorial research. Exploring alternative ways to collaborate and learn together, using the matriarchal perspective as a tool to further feminist queer activism. 


In a collection of conversations between women and students living in the UK, a series of reading groups, performative workshops, and a love letter webinars led by Galit Criden arise themes of forgotten histories, responsibility, labor, matriarchal ability, empathy, communication, healing, and loss. Here we find a place for their histories, experience, and strength. Through the simple act of listening, drawing, sharing of space, begin acts of exchange, solidarity, and imagination.  

Curator and choreographer: Galit Criden  

Co-facilitators: Hannah Bowles, Laura Kirshenbaum, Sara Tammone, Jules Coney. 

Drawings: 21 Women living in the UK. Paper: G.F Smith 

This project was kindly supported by the embassy of Israel and the Wome's Art Library, Goldsmiths University. 

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How to hold space that allows curiosity to be sparked and ideas to flourish?

GATHERING   Collecting inspirational materials and art projects archived at the Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths University. September 2021. references were used as a base for one x one conversations, reading groups, and performative acts within the archive. 


The one x one performative installation reshuffled verbal and physical interactions associated with the matriarchal space and the concept of Being Together. 

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LEARNING   The reading groups were initiated at the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths as a setting to generate intergenerational exchange surrounding art and motherhood that reflected on where we were, where we are now, and where we are going. 

The drawings were part of a one x one performative conversations. they were drawn on one roll of paper, 15 meters long. they hold the stories, experiences, and matriarchal history of more than 30 women. 

PERFORMING   a series of performative scores set in the main library at  Goldsmiths University, 2021. 

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Disrupting the space; a complex relationship between a fixed space of knowledge (Library) and the moving body.  

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