JEANNE. Or the Western Touch: Am I Evil?
Can erotic writing become a place for decolonial and feminist exploration?
How could one embrace the tools of erotic writing to investigate power processes of discrimination, nanoracism, marginalization, exoticization, abuse and seduction from diverse perspectives?
“Am I Evil?” is an erotic writing workshop, curated by Simone Basani & Alice Ciresola “Am I Evil?” is a collective research journey that navigates these questions through a methodology of peer-to-peer mentoring and reviewing.
The workshop borrows the title from, and is introduced by, a semi-fictional lecture performance** by artist Roger Fähndrich about the life of African art dealer Jeanne Walschot.
In the days following the lecture performance, the participants will start working together with writer Els Moors, artist Roger Fähndrich, and curators Simone Basani and Alice Ciresola.
The process of text writing and reviewing will take place throughout 2022 and 2023, both in collective meetings and individual sessions at home.
The texts created during this collective journey will be shared with the audience through an audiobook, public presentations, and an online publication in the frame of Memento 2023, Apap/Feminist Futures 2023 and other channels.
20 May: lecture-performance | 18:00-19:10 | Budatoren | free entrance
In “Am I Evil?”, Roger Fähndrich starts from the scarce historical information about art dealer and collector Jeanne Walschot to create a challenging, semi-fictional reading-performance about her life. By bringing in multiple characters, he tries to fill in the gaps in her life story to understand Walshot’s feelings. In this quest, he cannot help but questioning his position toward the subject of his research, and specifically his perspective as a white, male artist and songwriter.
20 May lecture-performance and workshop introduction(18:00-21:00)
21 – 22 May 2022: first workshop (10 am – 4 pm) @ Kunstencentrum BUDA, Kortrijk
June – mid-August 2022: review process of other participants’ texts (in these months the group will meet informally one or two times, date tbc)
27 – 28 August 2022: second workshop (10 am – 4 pm) @ Kunstencentrum Buda, Kortrijk
End of August/first week of September: final text submission
September – October 2022: text editing
Memento 2023: 17-18-19 March 2023
Feminist Futures Festival 2023: July 2023 in kunstencentrum BUDA