That Sparkly Feeling: Collective Knowledge and Feminist Duration
ABSTRACT / Helena Reckitt discusses the process of collective learning and exploration that the London-based Feminist Reading Group has undertaken since 2015. Starting with a focus on under-known Italian feminisms, which emphasize relational politics that starts from the self, the group has explored other under-valued feminisms from beyond the Anglo-American tradition. Just as Italian domestic workers experienced the reawakening of agency, desire and political consciousness through returning to education in the 1970s/1980s – which one described as the “sparkly feeling” (Melchiori, 2006) – Reckitt evokes how the group’s activities have aimed to revitalize subjectivities and stimulate feminist energies.
BIOGRAPHY / Helena Reckitt is a British writer, art critic, curator and Reader in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research focuses on contemporary art, artists’ film and performance, specializing in histories of feminist and queer art, collectivity and thought. Reckitt is on the editorial board of the Journal of Curatorial Studies and is a member Feminist Curators United. Her latest curatorial project, ‘Habits of Care,’ opens in September 2017 at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, as part of a five-month curatorial research programme ‘Take Care.’
Making Space, Place and time Through Art Writing
Dylan Robinson, Jane Rendell, Helena Reckitt, Sara Raza, Susan Cahill
September 16, 2:30 – 4:20 PM
Engineered Air Theatre, 234 9 Avenue SW