Impossible Translations and Unexpected Intersection
Institution: University of Southern California
Date: Feb 9, 2010
Panel/presentors: Annica Karlsson Rixon, School of Photography, Visiting Scholar in the Department of Rhetoric , Berkeley 2009-10. Anna Viola Hallberg, Ewa Majevska, Ewa Majewska, Visiting Scholar with the Beatrice Bain Research Group (2009-10)
Organizer: BBRG/Beatrice Bain Research Group critical feminist research center at UCB
Co-Sponsors: Department of Rhetoric, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Center for Race and Gender
“Reading feminist writers of Color in Poland” – Ewa Majewska
Ewa Majewska will examine a practice of building the transcultural comparisons in the context of her project of translating some texts of feminists of color into Polish.
“State of Mind” – Annica Karlsson Rixon and Anna Viola Hallberg
“State of Mind” is a photo and video based art installation created within the framework of artistic research. The project explores everyday life of lesbian and bi-sexual women by highlighting the boundaries between ethics, legislation, prejudice and civic expectations in the LGBTQ life of St Petersburg, Russia
State of Mind is a photo and video based art installation created within the framework of artistic research. The project explores everyday life of lesbian and bi-sexual women by highlighting the boundaries between ethics, legislation, prejudice and civic expectations in the LGBTQ life of St Petersburg, Russia.
State of Mind is a result of a long-term trust-building process, and this trust demands ethic responsibility in return. One of the main conditions for the creating of the art project was a double positioning. On the one hand, entering as outsiders with the perspective of two foreigners who are visitors to a country where they have no command of the language or the cultural codes, on the other with an insider’s access to a network of lesbian and bisexual women established during numerous visits to St Petersburg. A number of dilemmas are faced working with State of Mind, one being the complexity of making documentary material. What strategies can we use to avoid exploitation of the portrayed? Another is approaching a group that is visually underrepresented. What kind of image should we present?
In the presentation they will focus on the production of the imagery and how this is directly linked to strategies used to transmit multilayered experiences into the exhibition context. (Text: Christina Dege)