Mourning School ~ A permanent draft

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10 Feb 2021
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7pm - 8.30pm

Welcome to join a live-streamed talk where the current NKF guest Rosa Paardenkooper with collaborator Lucie Gottlieb and guests present their thoughts, references and inspiration on Mourning School. Together they introduce what they think of as a permanent draft of this long-term artistic study program on queering our relationships to death, dying, loss and grief.

Live-streamed on NKF Facebook page: Welcome to pose questions in the Facebook Live chat.

With Lucie Gottlieb (Galleri Nef), Rosa Simone (School in Common), Martha Jager & Sophie de Serière (Dear,), Ida Hillerup (part of The Queer Death Studies Network) and more.

 

Mourning School is committed to the study of being in grief as an everyday reality, imagining new ways of collective mourning to give name to, and make space for these feelings. The vulnerability of life, as it is threatened by climate crisis, the global COVID-19 pandemic, political, social and economic violence, inequity and precarity, loneliness and isolation, makes the proximity to death and loss more tangible for bodies that are considered expendable and ungrievable. 

Mourning School proposes queerness, in its most expansive form, as a method and framework to subvert and unsettle Western understanding and norms of death and mourning - as an individual problem or medical diagnosis - and the stigma that surrounds them. Weaving together personal experiences, emotions, contemporary art, music, queer theory and collective gathering, Mourning School builds a register of affective, sensorial and artistic practices to share what queer mourning may look and feel like. 

Mourning School is committed to the study of being in grief as an everyday reality, imagining new ways of collective mourning to give name to, and make space for these feelings. The vulnerability of life, as it is threatened by climate crisis, the global COVID-19 pandemic, political, social and economic violence, inequity and precarity, loneliness and isolation, makes the proximity to death and loss more tangible for bodies that are considered expendable and ungrievable. 

Mourning School proposes queerness, in its most expansive form, as a method and framework to subvert and unsettle Western understanding and norms of death and mourning - as an individual problem or medical diagnosis - and the stigma that surrounds them. Weaving together personal experiences, emotions, contemporary art, music, queer theory and collective gathering, Mourning School builds a register of affective, sensorial and artistic practices to share what queer mourning may look and feel like. 

~ Text last updated on 29/01/2021 ~ 

The program consists of a series of exhibitions, public gatherings, film-screenings, letter writing, workshops and more, initiated by Lucie Gottlieb (Galleri Nef), Rosa Simone (School in Common) with support from Ida Hillerup (part of The Queer Death Studies Network). 

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This talk is made possible with the generous support of Nordiska Kunstförbundet where Mourning School was in residence in January 2021. Mourning School receives financial support from Kulturrådet and the Globus Opstart program from Nordiskkulturfond. We look forward to joining Dear, in residence on Vifärnaholme in August 2021.

Image description: a white hand with long pink nails with gemstones and flower patterns holds a string of white beats inside a cardboard box. In the box stands a white flower, a miniature rocking chair, a ring, a pocket watch hangs from the wall, and to left folded legs in white stockings, and a hand with rings reaching into the image. Clementine Edwards, Take Apart a Pug and Put it Back Together a Pomeranian, performance, 2018, State of Concept, Athens.

Lucie Gottlieb is an independent curator and co-founder of Galleri Nef, a studio and exhibition space in Bagarmossen. 
Rosa Simone is a translator, curator and co-founder of School in Common, a self-organised school for learning, studying and being in common. 

Together they initiated Mourning School, a long-term artistic study program on queering our relationships to death, dying, loss and grief. They receive research support from Ida Hillerup of The Queer Death Studies Network. Mourning School will have its first public event in June 2021 at Galleri Nef.