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Olivia Laing: The struggle for bodily freedom Olivia Laing, Melyn Chow, Tea Tupajić i.s.m. De Balie en Frascati

The biennial multidisciplinary Forum on European Culture brings together artists and thinkers to explore how art and imagination can play a role in shaping Europe. During The Struggle for Bodily Freedom, renowned British writer Olivia Laing will enter into a conversation with (former) Frascati makers Melyn Chow and Tea Tupajic in relation to excerpts from new work by these two makers, illustrating and discussing our view of the relationship between bodies, politics and freedom. 

Olivia Laing: The struggle for bodily freedom Olivia Laing, Melyn Chow, Tea Tupajić i.s.m. De Balie en Frascati

Dates
Sunday, 4 June 2023 at 20:30
Location
Frascati
Nes 63
1012 KD Amsterdam
shown in Google Maps

In her book ‘Everybody: A book about freedom’ Olivia Laing probes what it means to have a body. In this book, she mixes her own experiences – identifying as non-binary, having studied herbal medicine, coming from a homosexual family and being a radical activist – with the lives of a number of major thinkers and emancipatory movements of the twentieth century. 

Laing focuses specifically on the political implications of the body and analyses a dynamic in which the political world has the power to make prisons of bodies, yet where the body also has the power to transform a political landscape. This precarious yet powerful position will be further examined during The Struggle for Bodily Freedom with Melyn Chow and Tea Tupajic, whose work also relates strongly to corporeality within a political context.

“We are not just individuals, hungry and mortal, but also representatives of our kind, subject to expectations, demands, prohibitions and punishments that vary enormously depending on the kinds of bodies we inhabit. Freedom is not simply a question of giving in, Sade-like, to every material desire.” (From ‘Everybody: A book about freedom’ by Olivia Laing)

Olivia Laing: The struggle for bodily freedom Olivia Laing, Melyn Chow, Tea Tupajić i.s.m. De Balie en Frascati

Dates
Sunday, 4 June 2023 at 20:30
Location
Frascati
Nes 63
1012 KD Amsterdam
shown in Google Maps