The art group Ful welcomes all siblings to the Act of Love/Act of Solidarity/Performance series/Dream:
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.
Finding Sisterhood premiered to the public on November 7, 2020. The mini-festival took place online with the world premiere of the live-streamed performance “Pleasure Against the Machine” by Navild Acosta + Fannie Sosa (the duo behind Black Power Naps) + an exclusive online work by the duo ButchFemmeAB + the premiere of the work “The Hami Project” by Jafar the Superstar.
Welcome speech and warm-up: www.youtube.com
Originator/Curators: Nasim Aghili and Rani Nair (in collaboration with Malin Holgersson)
Graphic design: Hanne Lindberg
Illustrator: Shabnam Faraee
Producer: Johanna Gustafsson
Finding Sisterhood is a project by the Art Group Ful and Dans i Lund/Rani Nair and is made in collaboration with MDT, Stockholm, and with support from The Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Lund’s municipality, and Stenkrossen’s maxistöd.
*In this project, we use the term sisterhood to describe a non-hierarchical act of solidarity. All our siblings are welcome!
Finding Sisterhood ❤ MDT
On March 22-26 Finding Sisterhood will be at MDT.
There will be a release for our new online stage (Ful in collaboration with the art duo aghili/karlsson) and we will live-stream presentations, conversation, parties, and workshops.
Specially invited guest Indian choreographer Mandeep Raikhy will be leading workshops. www.mandeepraikhy.com
There will also be an exclusive pre-party to Ful’s coming project Baba Karam.
On Baba Karam: Baba Karam is a participatory performance piece that starting from the Iranian dance Baba Karam investigates queer dance memories, norms around masculine drag, and separatist club spaces. Baba Karam will take the form of parties that take inspiration from the Iranian (and surrounding areas) separatist parties where women undisturbed can dance for and with one another. However, we will not demand the parties be separatist but will welcome several gender expressions and identities. The work will move between house party and club space – a mix of formats that gives us the opportunity to bridge the gap between stage and auditorium, stranger and friend, performer and audience.
Artistic team: Nasim Aghili, Rani Nair, Malin Holgersson in collaboration with set designer Björn Karlsson.
- About the art group Ful and the duo aghili/karlsson
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.
Nasim Aghili (artist, director, writer) and Björn Karlsson (artist and horticulturist) is an artist duo working in the field of performing and visual arts. aghili/karlsson’s performances, theatre installations, art in the public space and collaborative works often deal with the experience of existing and living in different forms of exile and how power reproduces ungrievability. Their works often take form of healing rituals and the collaborative making of grievability. The last few years they have been involved in international projects that explore radical gardening, civil disobedience and the aesthetics of sisterhood – mainly with artists, activists and collectives whose work involves various forms of decolonising practices. aghili/karlsson are based in Stockholm and the rural area outside of Södertälje where they also have their garden and studio. www.aghili-karlsson.se
The Art Group Ful; Rani Nair, Nasim Aghili and Malin Holgersson in collaboration with Björn Karlsson. Graphic design: Hanne Lindberg. Illustrator: Shabnam Faraee. Producer: Johanna Gustafsson. Finding Sisterhood is a project by the Art Group Ful and Dans i Lund/Rani Nair and is made in collaboration with MDT. Supported by: The Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grant Committee, Lund’s municipality, and Stenkrossen’s maxistöd.