Artist talk w/ Mandeep Raikhy and Konstgruppen Ful
The Artgroup Ful and MDT invites the audience to a live streamed artist talk and conversation with the Indian choreographer Mandeep Raikhy.
March 25 at 3–4:30 pm, livestream: Artist presentation with and by the Indian choreographer Mandeep Raikhy followed by a conversation with The Artgroup Ful (Nasim Aghili och Rani Nair).
Mandeep Raikhy will talk about his work in general and the piece Queen Size in particular. The work was originally to be presented live at MDT within the framework of Finding Sisterhood. The conversation is made possible in collaboration with the International Dance Program at the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
- About Mandeep Raikhy and Queen Size
Mandeep Raikhy is a dance artist based in New Delhi. The work Queen Size from 2016 is a response to section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which was established in 1861 and criminalized homosexuality, and was active up until 2018. Queen Size is a choreographic exploration of a detailed study of the intimacy between two men. The work takes place in a carefully hand-knotted bed, a charpoy, with the audience standing around it. Queen Size poses questions around spectatorship, privacy and dissent.
- About Finding Sisterhood
The art group Ful welcomes all siblings to the Act of Love/Act of Solidarity/Performance series/Dream: Finding Sisterhood*
Finding Sisterhood is a decolonising and queer mapping of contemporary dance and performance. This mapping departs from a need to mobilise a movement and name aesthetic currents that are vibrating and vital to contemporary dance and performance while at the same time being marginalised in its history and archives. Finding Sisterhood is one of many sisterly acts where space and platforms are shaped to present and create collective languages for artists who instead of discussing whiteness, cis and hetero norms are in conversation with their own and adjacent communities.*In this project, we use the term sisterhood to describe a non-hierarchical act of solidarity. All our siblings are welcome!
- About Konstgruppen Ful
The queer feminist art group Ful performs, exhibits, creates publications, and curates talks and meetings through an intersectional understanding of the art event. Ful has worked in Sweden and internationally since 2008 with, among other things, the art magazine Ful and acclaimed and award-winning performances such as Europa Europa and Mödrars Manifest. The project Baba Karam is closely associated with Ful’s new dance initiative Finding Sisterhood which is a decolonizing and queer survey of contemporary dance and performance.
Nasim Aghili (b. 1980) is a Swedish-Iranian artist, director, writer and performer. Nasim works in the field of performing and visual arts and their participatory performances, theatre installations and art in the public space often deal with the experience of existing and living in different forms of exile and take the form of healing rituals. Nasim Aghili’s plays have been translated to different languages such as English, Spanish and Arabic and their work has been performed or presented in countries such as Puerto Rico, England, Mexico, US, Holland, Estonia and Sápmi.
Malin Holgersson (b. 1974) is an artist, dramaturge, podcaster and editor that works mostly within performing arts and audio drama. Their work is interdisciplinary and combines text, sound, voice and body/ies. With a background as a cultural journalist and radio producer, they often use journalistic methods and stage documentary stories.
Rani Nair dancer and choreographer, whose works have been programmed at the Centre National de la Dance Paris, ImpulsTanz Vienna, Spielart festival Munich, Ignite! Festival of contemporary dance Delhi, Singapore International Festival of Arts. Represented at the Performing arts museum, Dance museum in Stockholm and in the book Oxford Dictionary of Dance and Re-enactment.