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 

Ni Una Menos – The Feminist Revolution Wants to be Happy

Ni Una Menos – The Feminist Revolution Wants to be Happy

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Tue 4 Sep, 7 – 9pm
SPACE Mare Street
Free & all open to all

Led by Cecilia Sosa and Lidia Salvatori, hosted by Felice Kertudo

The September meeting of the Feminist Duration Reading Group focuses on the international resonance of the Argentinian feminist activist movement associated with the collective Ni Una Menos [Not One Less].

In the context of neoconservative political backlash in Argentina, a new wave of feminist activism has emerged which contests forms of misogynist culture, gender violence and growing cases of femicide. From its start in 2015 Ni Una Menos has expanded rapidly in Argentina and beyond, reaching regions in Latin America and some countries in Europe. It has an especially strong presence in Italy, where the Non Una Di Meno group has emerged.

Drawing upon both movements, the session shows how these non-normative assemblages of bodies, digital technologies and sexuality contribute to develop feminist pockets of transnational subjectivities that challenge normative politics and social bonds. In particular, the meeting explores how contemporary neoliberal forms of vulnerability and loss could act as new ways of transnational empowerment that might suggest a transition from victimisation to joy. This form of feminist activism mostly involves a particular flair for the performative, including forms of visual art, humour, which creates a special atonement of female bodies in the public sphere. Ultimately this festive surplus gives visibility to an unprecedented amalgamation of feminist power, which might become the best weapon against conservatism. The revolution wants to be happy!

Together we read: 
Silvia Federici, Caliban and the WitchWomen, the Body and Primitive Accumulation, 2004 (Introduction)
Cecilia Palmeiro, “The Latin American Green Tide: Desire and Feminist Transversality,” 2018

Please bring copies with you. No advance reading is required as we will read together, out loud, on the night.

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Carla Lonzi: Vai Pure (Now You Can Go)

Carla Lonzi: Vai Pure (Now You Can Go)

Comrade Woman

Comrade Woman