Education Room
Friday 27 – Saturday 28 September

Part of the Goldsmiths MFA Curating takeover:

Nicole Lai, Yen Hsing Lim, Daniel Seo, Ching Wong

Dot Zhihan Jia, Sandra Wan Yi Lam, Arreum Moon

Developed from Johanna Hedva’s ‘Sick Woman Theory’, ‘We are all in the Business of Fighting for Air’ explores the binary between public and private, functioning and invisible existing in the status quo through screenings, workshops and interactive performance as well as self-initiated reading groups. Using the Chisenhale Studios as a safe space to generate solidarity among marginalised communities which are either ignored, silenced, or neglected within the binary of public/private due to their physical or mental illness, and misogyny of patriarchal capitalism. It speaks of intersectional experience of the institutional violence discipline, indoctrination and punishment meted out to correct behavior and emotional outbursts. The aim of the programme is to form an anti-discipline subaltern community that is collectively exploring alternative means existing outside the current apparatus.
*Title borrowed from Martin O’Brien’s essay in ‘Survival of the Sickest’


Day 1 – Friday, 27 September 2019

17:00 – 18:00 Reading Group of Johanna Hedva’s ‘Sick Woman Theory’
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18:00 – 21:00 Opening reception, with installation and interactive performance ‘Letter’ by Daniel Seo, Korean-American artist experiencing dyslexia.

Day 2 – Saturday, 28 September 2019

13:00 – 14:00 Reading Group of Carolyn Lazard’s ‘The World is Unknown’
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14:30 – 15:30 Film Screening of Ching Wong’s ‘Sing Me L’ Internationale’ followed by a conversation between the artist and curator Arreum Moon.
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16:00 – 18:00 Art Therapy Workshop led by Art Therapists Nicole Lai and Yen Hsing Lim, using painting, drawing, craft, sculpture, needlework or clay modelling to explore the relationships between art and the expression of feelings.
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