18 Dec 2021, 14:30 – 16:00
Dina El Kaisy Friemuth Talk: Collective storytelling

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Talk with Dina El Kaisy Friemuth, Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth, AFSAR represented by Mooni Perry, María Inés Plaza Lazo, María Berríos, The Union represented by Anna Meera Gaonkar, Tanja Wol Sørensen, and Ànitá Beikpour.

We invite you to take a seat on Dina El Kaisy Friemuth’s carpet and be part of a conversation with cultural workers who work collectively to explore ways of organizing together that challenge the eurocentric worldview and a patriarchal-defined concept of the individual genius. How can we organize and support each other to make places and spaces for us by us? How can we care for our stories and histories together?

El Kaisy Friemuth says: “I have invited some of my feminist colleagues to talk about why stories matter and how to create narratives of revision. Why collectivity is always a part of the story. We are not alone. Come and hear about how part of the strength of storytelling lies in its deeply feminist framing: that the personal is always also political, and that stories can show us this.”

Video documentation by Christian Brems

Speakers’ bios

Representing AFSAR: Mooni Perry (born in Seoul, living in Berlin) is an artist who launched the Asian feminist platform AFSAR (Asian Feminist Studio for Art and Research) in 2021 in Berlin, with curator Hanwen Zhang. With artists, theorists, and activists, they expect to create an archive of practices and research worldwide.

María Inés Plaza Lazo (born in Guayaquil, living between Berlin, Bonn, and Hamburg) is currently a Media Fellow of The New Institute in Hamburg. She is an art critic and curator who, together with artist Paul Sochacki, founded the street journal on poverty, wealth, art, and society called Arts of the Working Class, of which they remain the editors and publishers along with art historian Alina Kolar. With its different artistic and theoretical contributions, the journal belongs to everyone and, consequently, vendors keep 100% of the sales.

Representing The Union: Anna Meera Gaonkar, Tanja Wol Sørensen, and Ànitá Beikpour. The Union is the first workers’ union for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, focusing on racism in the Danish art and culture industry. They work to support racialized artists and cultural workers, and show solidarity with the racialized employees at cultural institutions.

María Berríos (born in Chile, living in Berlin) is an ex-sociologist, a writer, a mother, and an independent curator. She is the co-founder of the editorial collective vaticanochico and has been engaged in several collaborative art projects. As a curator she has, among many other projects, made several projects and exhibitions around the radical pedagogy of the Valparaiso School; she was one of the four curators of the 11th Berlin Biennale The Crack Begins Within; and she is currently working on In the Jungle there is Much to Do, an upcoming exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Solidarity.

Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth (born in Cairo, living in Berlin) is a professor of Islamic practical theology at Erlangen-Nuremberg University. She is a specialist in early Islamic thought with an interest in feminist and gender studies in Islam. She previously worked at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2008–12) and in the School of Religion and Theology at Trinity College Dublin (2003–8). Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth obtained her PhD in Islamic Studies at Birmingham University, she has an MA in Christian Theology from the Near East School of Theology, Beirut, and a BA in Philosophy from Cairo University. She is the author of Al-Radd al-Jamil: A Fitting Refutation of the Divinity of Jesus from the Evidence of the Gospel, co-authored with Mark Beaumont (2016); God and Humans in Islamic Thought (2006); and co-editor with John Dillon of The Afterlife of the Platonic Soul: Reflection of Platonic Psychology in the Monotheistic Religions (2009).

Dina El Kaisy Friemuth (born in Eutin, living in Berlin) holds an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen and UDK Berlin, and is a current Fellow of the Berlin Programme for Artists. They are a co-founder of the artist collectives FCNN (Feminist Collective with No Name) and D.N.A. together with Ànitá Beikpour and Neda Sanai. El Kaisy Friemuth’s first major institutional solo show is currently on at O—Overgaden.