About

The Feminist Duration Reading Group focuses on under-known and under-appreciated feminist texts, movements and struggles from outside the Anglo-American feminist tradition. The group was established in March 2015 by Helena Reckitt, at Goldsmiths, University of London and relocated in July 2015 to SPACE in Hackney, East London where it was hosted until April 2019. In June 2019, the group began a year-long residency at the South London Gallery focused on intersectional feminisms in the UK context.

FDRG sessions have been organised with Emilia-Amalia at Art Metropole in Toronto; in London at the Barbican Art Centre; Mimosa House, AntiUniversity; as part of The Table at the Swiss Church; and elsewhere in the UK at Grand Union, Birmingham; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea; and Hypatia Trust, Penzance.           

Currently the group meets once a month, alternately on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the South London Gallery, and the second Saturday of the month at 4pm a non-institutional venue.

The FDRG welcomes feminists of all genders and generations to explore the legacy and resonance of art, thinking and collective practice from earlier periods of feminism, in dialogue with contemporary practices and movements.

Working Group

FDRG activities are initiated by a Working Group. Current members are:

Giulia Antonioli, Angelica Bollettinari, Lina Džuverović, Lily Evans-Hill, Sabrina Fuller, Haley Ha, Félicie Kertudo, Mariana Lemos, Ceren Özpinar, Sara Paiola, Helena Reckitt, Justin Seng, Ehryn Torrell and Fiona Townend.

Contact us:

If you would like to join the reading group mailing list or propose a focus for a session, or invite us to lead a meeting, please contact: feministduration@gmail.com 

Carla Lonzi: Vai Pure (Now You Can Go)

Carla Lonzi: Vai Pure (Now You Can Go)

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Sat 6 Oct, 2 – 6pm
*Meeting in a private home in Bethnal Green
Free & all open to all

led by Helena Reckitt

For the October meeting of the Feminist Duration Reading Group we will attempt to translate sections of the poet, feminist and former leading art critic Carla Lonzi’s 1980 book Vai Pure: Dialogo con Pietro Consagra. We will then read out loud together from our rough translations of this important publication which has yet to be formally translated into English.

Vai Pure records a four-day conversation between Lonzi and her long-term lover, prominent avant-garde sculptor Pietro Consagra, exploring how love, creativity, work and career play out in their relationship. While Consagra depends on Lonzi’s affective labour and consoling company, she complains that he prioritises the time that he spends working in the studio and promoting his career, putting “art,” networking, and productivity above “life.” Lonzi concludes that she must choose love for her autonomy over that offered within romantic partnership, terminating their relationship and ending the book with words that give the book its title: “vai pure” [now you can go].

This withdrawal from heterosexual union is one of several renunciations carried out by Lonzi. In 1970 she resigned her position from what had come to consider the “inauthentic profession” of art criticism. In 1975, having spent the previous five years engaged deeply with the Rome collective Rivolta Femminile [Female Revolt] — itself a form of separatist withdrawal — Lonzi renounced feminist leadership. Even while active in Rivolta Femminile, Lonzi distanced herself from artists in the group, resisting the assumption that she would promote their careers. Instead of fighting for greater recognition for women artists, Lonzi renounced the art world system and its means of attributing value altogether.

Text
Working in small groups we translate sections of Carla Lonzi’s Vai Pure: Dialogo con Pietro Consagra.

Background
See Lea Melandri, Autonomy and the Need for Love: Carla Lonzi, Via pure 2000 (English translation 2010).

It is not necessary that everyone who attends can read Italian, although Italian-speakers will be very welcome (and indeed necessary!).

 * Venue
The meeting taked place in a private home in Bethnal Green. It included cooking and eating vegan food, as well as reading and talking, together. 

Carla Lonzi

Carla Lonzi

The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector

The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector

Ni Una Menos – The Feminist Revolution Wants to be Happy

Ni Una Menos – The Feminist Revolution Wants to be Happy