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 

The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector

The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector

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Tuesday 6 Nov, 7 – 9pm
SPACE Mare Street
Free & open to all

led by Roisin O’Sullivan

The world has no visible order and all I have is the order of my breath. I let myself happen. Clarice Lispector

This meeting focuses on The Passion According to G.H. by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector (1920-1977), a celebrated Brazilian writer whose work deals with ontological questioning and mystery. Breaking the boundaries of conventional writing and language, she seeks to open human experience and suffer its excesses and incomprehensibility.

Avoiding all categorisation in the ways she uses words, Lispector creates imagery and forgoes the form and structure of traditional novels (in a similar way to that of Virgina Woolf). Despite her many female protagonists, Lispector did not align herself to the feminist movement or label; her mission was to articulate and give form to internal struggles lived unseen within people. Lispector fights within her writing to work beyond boundaries, categorisation and any sense of the binary, allowing what ‘is’ to happen without comment or judgement. It is this mystery that makes Lispector’s writing often impenetrable, but one which always leads her readers to uncharted places and internal territory. Language is a tool which Lispector uses to give voice and tangibility to the struggle that takes place within this medium of communication when expressing the incommunicable.

Lispector was a Brazilian writer born in Russia to Jewish emigrants. Although her writing does not overtly reference her Jewish origins, the continuing themes of displacement, diaspora and exile testify to the spiritual impact of Lispector’s early life on her work.

Together we read extracts from The Passion According to G.H., which explores the theme of exile. (You can read an extract here). ‘Passion’ in this book describes the internal breaking down of the self to give way to something greater. Lispector narrates the internal, mystical journey of a middle-class woman who has a breakdown after crushing a cockroach in the door of the wardrobe.

No advance reading is required as we read together, out loud, on the night.

Octavia Butler & Khairani Barokka

Octavia Butler & Khairani Barokka

Carla Lonzi: Vai Pure (Now You Can Go)

Carla Lonzi: Vai Pure (Now You Can Go)