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 

Now You Can Go

Now You Can Go

Don't Believe You Have Any Rights, seminar, The Showroom, London, as part of Now You Can Go, December 2015. Photo Helena Reckitt.

Juxtaposing historical with contemporary positions, Now You Can Go is a thirteen-day events programme exploring feminist concepts of generation and genealogy. It asks whether practices of consciousness-raising and collectivity might help us to combat the fragmentation, exhaustion and anxiety that we experience under networked capitalism. The programme draws inspiration from Italian feminisms, including the work of collectives formed in the 1970s: Rivolta Femminile (Female Revolt), Libreria delle Donne di Milano (Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective), and Lotta Femminista (Feminist Struggle).

A touchstone is the work of Carla Lonzi, the writer and cofounder of Rivolta Femminile, and her refusal of power and rejection of masculine creativity that exploits female supportive activity. This process of ‘deculturation’ entailed Lonzi’s withdrawal from her roles as an art critic, as a feminist leader, and from her relationship with her lover, the sculptor Pietro Consagra, which she documented in a dialogue between them called Vai pure (Now You Can Go).

Now You Can Go grows out of the Feminist Duration Reading Group which meets monthly at SPACE in London. The programme is developed by participants in the FDRG: Angelica Bollettenari, Giulia Casalini, Diana Georgiou, Laura Guy, Helena Reckitt, Irene Revell and Amy Tobin.

Supported by the Arts Council of England, Grants for the Arts.

With additional support by Goldsmiths’ Annual Fund, Goldsmiths’ Art Department, and the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths, University of London; EWVA European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s’ (DJCAD, University of Dundee); IASPIS; and Electra.

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Programme

Tuesday 1 December
7pm - 9pm, SPACE 
Feminist Duration Reading Group: Translation as a feminist practice

led by Laura Guy

Kajsa Dahlberg, A Room of One’s Own, a Thousand Diaries

Kajsa Dahlberg, A Room of One’s Own, a Thousand Diaries

Saturday 5 December
11.30pm – 1.30pm, ICA Cinema 1
Panel Discussion: On Social Reproduction

co-founders of Plan C, Camille Barbagallo and Nicholas Beuret (by Skype); Justice for Domestic Workers Chair Marissa Begonia; Guardian journalist Dawn Foster; art historian Larne Abse Gogarty; artist Pablo Pakula. Chaired by academic Emma Dowling.

Pablo Pakula, Emma Dowling, Dawn Foster, Larne Abse Gogarty, and Marissa Begonia as part of On Social Reproduction, ICA, London, as part of Now You Can Go. Photo Christian Luebbert.

Pablo Pakula, Emma Dowling, Dawn Foster, Larne Abse Gogarty, and Marissa Begonia as part of On Social Reproduction, ICA, London, as part of Now You Can Go. Photo Christian Luebbert.

Saturday 5 December
2pm, ICA Cinema 1
Film Screening: Marinella Pirelli

Curated by Lucia Aspesi with Irene Revell (Electra Productions)

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Sunday 6 December and Tuesday 8 December
7.15pm - 9.15pm, Raven Row
Feeling Backwards
Two night lecture and workshop with Nina Wakeford

Participants should expect to generate some material in relation to the workshop theme between sessions.

Nina Wakeford with participants in Feeling Backwards, Raven Row, London, as part of Now You Can Go. Photo Christian Luebbert.

Nina Wakeford with participants in Feeling Backwards, Raven Row, London, as part of Now You Can Go. Photo Christian Luebbert.

Wednesday 9 December
6.30pm, ICA Cinema 1
Rescue Missions: Women’s Art Recovered, Re-enacted, and Recuperated

Artist Sonia Boyce, director of the Live Art Development Agency, Lois Keidan, arts collector and supporter Valeria Napoleone and co-director of HollyBush Gardens, Lisa Panting. Chaired by art historian Amy Tobin.

Amy Tobin, Valeria Napoleone, Lisa Panting, Sonia Boyce, and Lois Keidan, Rescue Missions, ICA London, as part of Now You Can Go. Photo: Ehryn Torrell.

Amy Tobin, Valeria Napoleone, Lisa Panting, Sonia Boyce, and Lois Keidan, Rescue Missions, ICA London, as part of Now You Can Go. Photo: Ehryn Torrell.

Thursday 10 December
7.15pm – 9.15pm, Raven Row
Carla Lonzi Teach-In

Led by art historian Teresa Kittler

Carla Lonzi’s Autoritratto as part of Carla Lonzo Teach-In led by Teresa Kittler, Raven Row, London. As part of Now You Can Go. Photo: Christian Luebbert.

Carla Lonzi’s Autoritratto as part of Carla Lonzo Teach-In led by Teresa Kittler, Raven Row, London. As part of Now You Can Go. Photo: Christian Luebbert.

Thursday 10 and Friday 11 December 2015
10.30am–5pm, The Showroom
Our Future Network 
Two-day workshop led by Alex Martinis Roe

If you would like to participate, please send a brief description of your motivations and await a response/further instructions.

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Friday 11 December
7–9pm, The Showroom
Film Screening: Autoritratti 
Curated by Laura Leuzzi and Giulia Casalini

Anna Valeria Borsari, Cinzia Cremona, Catherine Elwes, Tina Keane, Ketty La Rocca, Federica Marangoni, Maria Teresa Sartori, Elaine Shemilt, Elisabetta di Sopra. Readings by Diana Georgiou.

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Saturday 12 December
11.30am – 9.30pm
Now You Can Go Seminar

The Showroom
Zach Blas, Fulvia Carnevale of Claire Fontaine, Carla Cruz, Karen Di Franco, Maria Drakopoulou, Andrea Francke, Catherine Grant, Karolin Meunier, Gabrielle Moser, Raju Rage, Helena Reckitt, Lucy Reynolds, Frances Rifkin, Caroline Russell, Francesco Ventrella, Marina Vishmidt (by Skype), Giovanna Zapperi.

Maria Drakopoulou, Fulvia Carnevale of Claire Fontaine, and Giovanna Zapperi, Don’t Believe You Have Any Rights panel discussion, The Showroom, London, as part of Now You Can Go, December 2015

Maria Drakopoulou, Fulvia Carnevale of Claire Fontaine, and Giovanna Zapperi, Don’t Believe You Have Any Rights panel discussion, The Showroom, London, as part of Now You Can Go, December 2015

Raju Rage, Karen di Franco, Caroline Meunier, and Frances Rifkin, In or Out? On Leaving the Art World and Other Systems, The Showroom, London, as part of Now You Can Go, December 2015
Catherine Grant, Andrea Francke, Carla Cruz, Caroline Russell, In or Out? panel, The Showroom, London, as part of Now You Can Go. Photo Helena Reckitt

Sunday 13 December 2015
10am – 1pm
Intimate Acts: A feminist workshop

Half-day workshop on translation as a feminist practice led by Kajsa Dahlberg and Laura Guy

Writing exercise as part of Intimate Acts workshop led by Kajsa Dahlberg and Laura Guy, The Showroom, London, as part of Now You Can Go, December 2015. Photo: Helena Reckitt

Writing exercise as part of Intimate Acts workshop led by Kajsa Dahlberg and Laura Guy, The Showroom, London, as part of Now You Can Go, December 2015. Photo: Helena Reckitt

Sunday 13 December 2015
1pm - 5pm, The Showroom
Justice for Domestic Workers Annual Event

All welcome - no booking necessary

Marisa Begonia, Justice for Domestic Workers, On Social Reproduction panel, ICA, London, as part of Now You Can Go, December 2015

Marisa Begonia, Justice for Domestic Workers, On Social Reproduction panel, ICA, London, as part of Now You Can Go, December 2015

Sunday 13 December
6pm – 8.30pm, The Showroom
Herstories from Italy 

Case studies on feminist artistic and militant collectives in Italy by art historian Katia Almerini (Cooperativa Beato Angelico), writer, researcher and curator Giulia Damiani (Le Nemesiache collective) and an exposition of contemporary feminist artistic collectives by Giulia Casalini on behalf of ArchivioQueerItalia.com. Followed by keynote talk by philosopher Olivia Guaraldo on polyvocality and sexual difference and the work of Adriana Cavarero, who is joined in conversation by cultural critic Angie Voela.

Diana Georgiou, Giulia Casalini, Oliva Guaraldo, Kaia Almerini, Angie Voela, and Giulia Damiani, Herstories from Italy, The Showroom, London, as part of Now You Can Go, December 2015

Diana Georgiou, Giulia Casalini, Oliva Guaraldo, Kaia Almerini, Angie Voela, and Giulia Damiani, Herstories from Italy, The Showroom, London, as part of Now You Can Go, December 2015














Feminist Duration Reading Group, where to next?

Feminist Duration Reading Group, where to next?

Translation as a Feminist Practice

Translation as a Feminist Practice