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 

Suzanne Santoro, Per una espressione nuova/Towards New Expression

Suzanne Santoro, Per una espressione nuova/Towards New Expression

Tues 6 Oct, 7 – 9pm
Free & open to all

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This monthly reading group on feminisms, consciousness-raising and leave taking considers the resonance of earlier moments of feminist thinking, art and activism in contemporary life. Juxtaposing texts from the 1970s and 1980s with current positions, the group highlights feminist concepts of intimacy, communication and collectivity. The relevance of the practice of consciousness-raising (autocoscienza) is explored. Might a return to such tactics help us to combat the exhaustion, fragmentation and anxiety that we experience under networked capitalism today? What are the potentials, and pitfalls, of such collective processes of talking, listening, and analysing? 

The meeting continues the exploration of generative texts from the 1970s, this time focusing on aesthetic theory. We look at Suzanne Santoro’s 1974 artist book, Per una espressione nuova/Towards New Expression, and an article by Rozsika Parker in Spare Rib about its removal by the Arts Council from a show they themselves had organised.

The third reading comes from Speculum of the Other Woman by Luce Irigaray. Irigaray’s ideas were taken up with great intensity by Italian feminists, including Rivolta Femminile, of which she Santoro was a member.

A group reading of Speculum takes part, starting at the beginning of the first section.

For background, see the first three parts of 'The Blind Spot of An Old Dream of Symmetry' (pp.11-46).

The following night, Wednesday 7th October, Suzanne gives a talk at the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Suzanne Santoro, Per una espressione nuova/Towards New Expression

Rozsika Parker, ‘Censored,; Spare Rib, 1977

Luce Irigaray, Speculum of the Other Woman, 1974, English translation by Gillian C Gill, 1985, group reading of first section The Blind Spot of An Old Dream of Symmetry

Adriana Cavarero

Adriana Cavarero

Lotta Femminista/Wages for Housework

Lotta Femminista/Wages for Housework