During ongoing protests in 2014 that escalated in a burning governance building for the first time I took part in interdisciplinary collaborations among different artistic disciplines mostly in public spaces. Thereby I experienced how art can be a tool for expressing resistance and solidarity while recipients are not a middle-class audience who pay tickets, actually this time the gaining ones of the artistic contribution have been the very people who have been addressed in the art piece itself, in this example: the unpaid workers which protested on the streets in front of the parliament in Sarajevo BiH 2014.
During the communist era in Poland, art was part of the socialist party’s propaganda and free art was censored. However, artists created politically engaged art, openly provoking or hiding ‘politically incorrect’ content between the lines. The political role of art is very much needed again today. As an artist, I have always addressed political, social and religious themes in my work. Since I have become involved in activism, I am practically still doing the same thing – engaged art, only that it is shown on the street, seen by crowds and not by a narrow circle of people interested in art. As an artist, I see this as a challenge to myself and my work, to seek a definition of art.
During the discussion on May 24, 2022 we were gathering different local and translocal experiences with cross-movement alliances driven by queer-feminist initiatives.First, the activists from Bulgaria, Spain, Switzerland and France were bringing in reports on queer-feminist interventions in social struggles within their local contexts. We were talking about queer-feminist protest against neoliberal reforms of social services, as well as queer-feminist initiatives for social housing and opposition against nationalist, right wing politics. Second, we were getting to know the transnational feminist network “Essential Autonomous Struggles Transnational” (EAST). We were learning more about EAST’s queer-feminist approach to connect social struggles of migrants, care workers, women and LGBTQI-communities on a transnational level.
his episode features an extended conversation with feminist Johanna Bouchardeau, veteran activist of Longomaï and founding member of the feminist library and space Agate, armoise et salamandre – corps et politique in Fourcalquier. This is a storytelling kind of episode – tune into Johannas voice and enjoy stories of the founding of Longomaï in the 70s, how it linked the militant underground with local peasant struggles, the many dimensions of its internationalist work, feminist challenges and perspectives, and much more.
Zum 3. Oktober 2021 unternimmt das Weimarer Bürgerradio “Radio Lotte” einen Streifzug durch Weimar und erkundet die Veränderungen in der Stadt nach der Pandemie. Georg Gräser besucht in seinem Magazin Sozialarbeiter*innen, Goldschmied*innen, Kleingärtner*innen, die Weimarer Fridays for Future und viele weitere Menschen und Initiativen, die ein aktives Leben in der Stadt auszeichnen. Die gegenwärtige Stimmung in der Stadt wird mit Stimmen unmittelbar nach der Wiedervereinigung collagiert. Für das Magazin wurde auch das Forschungsprojekt MovE gefragt, wie soziale Bewegungen die Pandemie erlebt haben.
The pandemic, like other unfolding and coming ecological crises, profoundly reshapes the terrain upon which social movements operate and emerge. We held a workshop in order to discuss different terrains of struggle over housing, reproductive rights, and ecology. Here we are allocating recordings of the talks and of the discussion on May 21st as well as further reflections on the workshop on May 22nd.
Commentary on the workshop “Learning and Struggling in Pandemic Times”.
Time and space seemed to have become somewhat warped since the beginning of the pandemic. Personally, I often get struck by a feeling of paralysis when I think about our collective struggles and organizing efforts during the pandemic, almost like being frozen in time and waiting for things to change from the outside. This newly learned and shared pandemic vulnerability meant for most of us to reduce our real life encounters and therefore find new ways to connect, meet and organize…
Due to Turkey’s official withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention on July 1st, we invited three activists to discuss the consequences of the recent developments in Turkey and beyond. During the discussion Özlem Kaya from UnitedforIstanbulConvention gave a run down of the recent events in Turkey. Kalina Drenska from E.A.S.T. Network and FemBunt, talked about the situation of LGBTQI+ communities in Bulgaria. Furthermore, Natassa Diamanti from the 8th of March Assembly Athens talked about the situation in Greece as well as the current discussion regarding femicides. Elif Artan from DaMigra reflected upon the positioning of Germany and other EU-States after Turkeys withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention.