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Valeria Graziano: bodies that can’t take anymore...
Blok, Zagreb, 25 Nov, 7pm.

Valeria Graziano and Margareta Kern: bodies that can’t take anymore. images that can't take anymore.

Blok - Zagreb

BAZA, Adžijina 11, Zagreb
25th Novemebr 2015, 7pm

This event, part of the series Micropolitics, will feature presentations by artist Margareta Kern and theorist Valeria Graziano with plenty of time for discussion. Both speakers will draw on their individual work as well as on experiences as part of campaigning collectives to explore and raise questions on the (re)production of precarity in arts/culture/education, the role and strategies of organising, limits and possibilities of 'representation' and the affective regime of neoliberal capitalism.

The starting point for Kern’s talk is her video bodies that can’t take anymore. images that can’t take anymore (2013-2015), from the series of works To Whom Does the World Belong?. Based on the print of every third frame taken from the footage shot by Tages Woche journalists at the Basil Art Fair 2013, and re-captured back into the camera in a perpetual forward-backward loop, the video shows the Swiss riot police firing rubber bullets and teargas at an artist-activist group who occupied and held a party in artist Tadashi Kawamata and architect Christophe Scheidegger’s art installation Favela Café contesting their appropriation and aesthetisation of poverty.

Valeria Graziano's intervention will revisit Ivan Illich' concept of 'shadow work' - originally indicating the transformation of reproductive labour under industrial capitalism - to talk about resisting the current pressure to psychopatologize the political.

Who are the bodies that can’t take anymore? What is it that they/we can’t take anymore of? And how do images capture, rupture, tear at their/our own fatigues with the simulacra of the art-world(s)? How do we talk about that which we can’t find words for, that which structurally inhabits/inhibits our bodies and minds, occupies it and exhausts it? How do we imagine a cartography of exhaustion, an exhaustion of possible in order to begin a new cartography of care – of the precarious body, of -self, -community and lest we forget - images too?


[BLOK] is a collective based in Zagreb, established as a non-profit organization in 2001, which acts at the intersection between art, cultural work, urbanism and political activism.

Programme editor: Vesna Vukovi?

Supported by: Croatian Ministry of Culture and Municipal Office for Education, Culture, and Sports (City of Zagreb).

Margareta Kern