How to talk to Fascists
An evening of screenings, talks, open discussion and food curated by Kasia Sobucka featuring; Alicja Rogalska and Joanna Rajkowska with a durational performance by Katarzyna Perlak, part of the Illusion of Return project.
Kasia Sobucka is currently in residence at Metal Liverpool, in partnership with International Curators Forum.
An inclusive event looking at looking at the post-Brexit socio-political landscape as well as rising nationalism and the rebirth of fascism across Europe.
Thursday 12 July 6-9pm, at Edge Hill Station, Tunnel Rd, Liverpool, L7 6ND. FREE, please book your place through EventBrite HERE
Alicja Rogalska – ‘Belly of the beast’ A lecture performance looking at the rise of nationalism, the far right, and fascism in Central and Eastern Europe and the UK. She takes as a starting point a selection of events widely reported in the media, and explores our psychological biases and cognitive mechanisms when confronted with the social, legal and ideological formations of fascism. What examples of creativity are employed by the extremes of the political spectrum? What does the employment of avant-garde art aesthetics by the far right mean for politicised leftist art practice today?
Joanna Rajkowska – ‘Two Men and a Mattress’ (preceded by a short film by F & S Themersons’ ‘Adventures of a Good Citizen’ from 1937)
The UK premiere of ‘Two Men and a Mattress’, a film about an inexplicable urge that occasionally drives people blindly to their own destruction. Rajkowska’s film shows two British men who, on a hot summers day, suddenly take a mattress and drown it in a swamp. Before they do this, they discuss the historical moment they find themselves in and its ‘bloody awful’ character. The work echoes the wardrobe-carrying sequence in ‘The Adventures of a Good Citizen’ by Polish experimental filmmakers Franciszka and Stefan Themerson. This humorous, surrealist and inherently perturbing performance enacted by a group of friends, viewed now, evokes collective memories of the Holocaust, and a feeling of ‘the calm before the storm’, that was imminent at the time of its production.
Katarzyna Perlak – ‘Tighten Throat and Butterflies’
A durational performance during which the artist will be serving an ‘Everything will be fine’ cake. Audiences will be invited (one by one) to make a wish and blow out the candle. The work creates a space in which wishes can be remembered/identified and hope generated.
The evening will also include a Q + A, and some home-cooked food.
Kasia Sobucka is founder and curator at Arts Territory and is currently in residence at Metal Liverpool as part the International Curator’s Forum Beyond The Frame programme.
FUTURE STATION is a quarterly, informal evening hosted by Metal for artists, creative thinkers and our local community, to share ideas and experiences that could encourage a positive change in society.
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Beyond the Frame is a 22-month long project designed to deliver mentoring and professional development to ten emerging UK based curators through cross-generational exchange with ten selected mentors, in partnership with University of the Arts London with the support of the Arts Council England Elevate Fund and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
With thanks to Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England for their support.
Image credit: Joanna Rajkowska, Two Men and a Mattress, 2017.