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 a,nd fello hosts 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.
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 the one to one conversations, reading groups, and performative acts within the archive.
LEARNING TO EXCHANGE a series of interactive events (reading groups, online love webinars, one to one performance), generated intergenerational exchange surrounding ideas about art archive and motherhood.
PERFORMING a series of performative scores set in the main library at Goldsmiths University, 2021.
one to one performative installation reshuffled verbal and physical interactions associated with the matriarchal space and the concept of Being Together.
The drawings were part of Open Desk, were drawn on one roll of paper, 15 meters long. they hold the stories, experiences, and matriarchal history of more than 30 women.