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, Beth Bramich, Lina Džuverović, Lily Evans-Hill, Sabrina Fuller, Haley Ha, Félicie Kertudo, Mariana Lemos, Ceren Özpinar, Sara Paiola, Helena Reckitt, 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 

Feminisms in China

Feminisms in China

Tue 5 Sep, 7-9pm
SPACE Mare Street
Free & all welcome

Led by Cinzia Cremona

Including the word ‘feminism’ or ‘feminist’ in any social media post in China triggers immediate censorship. LGBT matters are silenced under pornography laws. Grassroots dissent and organisations are feared and consequently silenced and suppressed by thestate. Despite this, several groups of feminist and lesbian activists have operated in China in recent decades.

Hosted by artist Cinzia Cremona, this meeting of the Feminist Duration Reading Group includes a screening and an out-loud reading.

The screening is of the little-seen documentary film, Hooligan Sparrow (2016), directed by Nanfu Wang, which focuses on a specific example of visible grassroots protest, and the reaction of the authorities. The film shows Ye Haiyan travelling to Hainan Province in southern China with a group of activists to support local women and girls in a serious case of sexual violence. It portrays the actions of the activists, and the behaviour of state emissaries.

The text is ‘Fighting Back’ by Leta Hong Fincher, from her 2014 book Leftover Women. It offers an overview of the context in which Chinese female activists operate, and relates the subject of Nanfu Wang’s film to other groups and initiatives. Please see here

Women at Work

Women at Work

Wages for Housework, the Canadian Context

Wages for Housework, the Canadian Context