We will move in triangular formations and step on each other's feet.
20th September, 2017

Tobias Carroll writes about our ongoing work New Spelling of a Street – A Tribute to Audre Lorde in the short reviw Labor, Intimacy, and Revolution: An Unlikely Artistic Convergence in Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

“Since the 2016 Presidential election, some within the American left have suggested the existence of an inherent tension between advocating for the working class and being an inclusive movement for those of all sexualities. The art in the recent show “The Work of Love, The Queer of Labor” at Franklin Street Works stands as a welcome counterargument to that. The art featured within examines areas in which queer sexuality and issues surrounding the working class overlap. The scope of these works is international, covering a century of history; the result is an illuminating look at the place where these two movements converge.

In some cases, these connections are inherent in the subject covered. YES! Associate / Föreningen JA!’s New Spelling of a Street – A Tribute to Audre Lorde chronicles the Swedish art group’s attempts to have a street in Stamford renamed in honor of the writer/activist in question. Lorde worked for a time in Stamford in the 1950s, a period of her life that, this work argues, was both personally and professionally significant for the life and work that followed.”

19th April, 2017

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! are happy to announce that we will be part of the group exhibition Performing Relationships at KV Leipzig. The exhibition is initiated by Krisztina Hunya_Daniel Niggemann and will be on view June 29 – August 13, 2017. Opening: June 28, 2017, 7 pm

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! will participate with a second version of the durational participatory action All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you (2016-2017).

The exhibition also includes works by: Johannes Bendzulla, Jennifer Bennett, Miklós Erhardt (Big Hope), Máté Fillér, Mutter/Genth, titre provisoire, Anna Lena von Helldorff, YES! Association / Föreningen JA!, Heimo Zobernig.

Below you can read the exhibition statement by Krisztina Hunya_Daniel Niggemann:

“what comes to mind when I hear the word Kunstverein;“
Heimo Zobernig (1992)

Collaboration, negotiation and complicity were the main premises for re-establishing KV – Leipzig in 2014. The heterogeneous backgrounds of the board and association members were immediately seen as a positive opportunity to establish a non-hierarchical model for collective decision-making. Within this process the members of KV make a continuous effort to rethink pre-determined roles and keep them fluid, whilst forging alliances and making potential conflicts productive. Concurrently, KV aims to lay the foundation for an enduring working structure and embed an institutional art space within the city’s infrastructure as well as beyond it. The project Performing Relationships takes the collective experiment of the KV as a starting point, entering a productive realm which straddles professional project work, ambitious leisure activity and growing responsibilities for the people involved.

Since the 1960s, group interactions have increasingly been at the core of artistic engagements, often in order to interrogate the image of the solitary artistic genius as well as the prevailing conditions of production and presentation. The exhibition Performing Relationships brings together ten artistic positions that approach collective structures in a variety of ways ranging from scrutiny and experiment to testing and proof. Not only are performative and pedagogical strategies at stake but also photographic-speculative and archival approaches, as different spaces for action emerge within and beyond KV.

Collaborative practice and collective creativity are regarded as means of resisting the capitalist process of specialisation and eschewing the individual artist persona propagated by the dominant art (market) system. They are, moreover, geared towards providing a performative critique of social institutions and experimental structures that reveal society’s capacity for self-organisation.

The project Performing Relationships understands collaboration to be a continuous learning and thinking process that is reflected in the artistic commissions exhibited, in the polyphonic voices of the KV members themselves and in their ongoing research endeavours.

VISIT KV Leipzig, Kolonnadenstr. 6, 04109 Leipzig

10th April, 2017

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! are happy to announce that we will be part of the group exhibition The Work of Love, The Queer of Labor, at Franklin Street Work, Stamford, CT. The exhibition is curated by Yevgeniy Fiks and Olga Kopenkina and will be on view between May 21 – August 27, 2017.

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! will participate with the video documentation of We Will Open a New Front – lecture by Lee H. Jones #1 (2010) and a new work in progress: A New Spelling of a Street – A tribute to Audre Lorde (2017).

Curator statement:
In exhibition “The Work of Love, The Queer of Labor”, queerness is discussed through the lens of class and vice versa. Selected artists’ works in the proposed project represent a desire for liberation through critically engaged connections between class, gender and sexuality. LGBTQ identities are reviewed from the class perspective in order to re-discover political potentialities within a countercultural paradigm of queerness. While exploring queerness through the relationship with class, the exhibition interrogates the possibility of love in a class-based society, in which the difference between work, as a productive force in capitalist economy, and labor, as a condition of biological life, is almost gone. Artists’ creative work, once avant-garde and independent, became alienated and inseparable from market economy. Likewise, love and sexuality became abstracted from the site of their enactment. Will queer activities, which are driven by “true desire,” not norms, restore love and produce new relationships between people based on equalities to all forms of love and labor? Artists who present their works in the exhibition extend this desire to all people. The struggle for queer rights is all our struggle! Artists are: Angela Beallor, Hugo Gellert, Montague Glover, Noam Gonick, Hagra, William E. Jones, Erik Moskowitz+Amanda Trager, Jaanus Samma, and YES! Association / Föreningen JA!. The exhibition will consist of drawings, video, installations, and film projections.

Franklin Street Work, Stamford, CT

10th February, 2017

On Saturday, February 25, curators Andrew Kachel and Clara López Menéndez will host a day-long symposium at Artspace in conjunction with A new job to unwork at. A lineup of workshops, talks, and performances will involve artists featured in the exhibition, as well as other artists, writers, performers, and students whose practices explore the ways cultural production is enmeshed in a larger network of labor relations and social contexts. The symposium is free and open to the public.

RSVP here

24th November, 2016

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is pleased to announce that our new durational participatory action All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you.* (2016-2017) will be part of the exhibition A new job to unwork at December 2, 2016 – March 4, 2017. Curated by Andrew Kachel and Clara López Menéndez for Artspace in New Haven, CT.

Participating artists include: Kristine Anthis, Anna Betbeze, Jesse Darling, João Enxuto & Erica Love, Park McArthur, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, YES! Association / Föreningen JA!, and Constantina Zavitsanos.

A new job to unwork at investigates work as a social, material, and economic process, as well as a legitimating discourse that privileges certain activities and life choices. The exhibition is the result of an ongoing research that examines work’s crucial role in shaping our identities and our experiences of the world we live in. The artists in this exhibition explore this understanding of work with regard to cultural production, its relation to broader labor conditions, and current social and political movements. In a field increasingly reliant on the figure of the precarious freelancer and characterized by individualistic entrepreneurial values, these artists look toward renewed possibilities of resistance through strategies of dialogue, dependence, and care. If on a modest scale, this project aspires to support nascent models of speculative world-making and activism through forms of artistic labor.

The title A new job to unwork at is borrowed from Valerie Solanas’s cult feminist text SCUM Manifesto (1967), which calls for women’s active and systematic dismantling of the patriarchal labor force by disobeying its laws and destroying its infrastructures. Such an orientation toward work evinces a communist utopia—“SCUM salesgirls will not charge for merchandise; SCUM telephone operators will not charge for calls”—while also acknowledging the piecemeal and ongoing nature of this struggle against dominant ideologies and structural violence: “SCUM will unwork at a job until fired, then get a new job to unwork at.”[1] Solanas’s manifesto is a node in a critical tradition that can be traced back to Marx’s analysis of estranged labor, which argued that “Labor produces not only commodities; it produces itself and the worker as a commodity.”[2] This idea is brought to bear on a contemporary socioeconomic context in Kathi Weeks’s recent feminist analysis of the concept of “work ethics,” in which she questions the indiscriminate valorization of work, and its rarely questioned investment with value. As Weeks writes, “What is perplexing is less the acceptance of the present reality that one must work to live than the willingness to live for work.”[3]

An earlier iteration of A new job to unwork at was organized at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in spring 2016 in the shape of a research platform. A group of local artists and curators met weekly to engage with the core ideas of the project, and gave it shape through the collaborative production of a syllabus (accessible at: anewjobtounworkat.tumblr.com). For the project’s current iteration at Artspace, the curators will continue to implement this localized approach, engaging diverse New Haven constituencies to unpack issues of labor as they relate to the specific educational and social politics particular to this place.

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References:
[1] Solanas, Valerie. SCUM Manifesto. New York: self-published, 1967.
[2] Karl Marx. “Estranged Labour.” Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844.
[3] Weeks, Kathi. The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

Andrew Kachel and Clara López Menéndez are two (in)dependent curators based in New York and Los Angeles, respectively, working through issues of collaboration, labor, friendship, subjectivity and political coherence.

*The title All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. is taken from Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, 1993.

About Artspace

19th September, 2016

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Feminism Is Politics!

September 28-November 23, 2016
Curated by
Olga Kopenkina

Pratt Manhattan Gallery
Opening Reception
September 27, 6-8:30 PM

Panel Discussion at 6:15 PM, moderated by Martha Wilson, with Olga Kopenkina, Mujeres Públicas, and Tanja Ostojić.

Performance “Misplaced Women?” by Tanja Ostojić to follow panel.

Feminism Is Politics! is an inquiry into what is conceptualized by feminists and queer/lesbians in the 21st century as New Feminism. The exhibition features video, performance works and art activism that address the feminist position in action and redefine the notion of “political” within the new millennium’s paradigm of uncertainty and precarity.

Artists include:
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz; Bureau of Melodramatic Research; Melanie Cervantes; Regina José Galindo; Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya); Victoria Lomasko; Liza Morozova; Mujeres Públicas; Tanja Ostojić; YES! Association / Föreningen JA!; Anna Zvyagintseva

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Republic of Serbia Ministry of Culture, the Berlin Senate Chancellery-Cultural Affairs Department, and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.

144 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
212.647.7778
exhibits@pratt.edu

Gallery Hours
Monday-Saturday, 11 AM-6 PM
Thursday until 8 PM

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16th August, 2016

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In 2012 YES! Association / Föreningen JA! took part in the exhibition Anti-Establishment curated by Johanna Burton at CCS Bard Galleries with the many-fold project SMOKING AREA. As part of their project, YES! Association / Föreningen JA! worked on the idea of commemorating Hannah Arendt’s ideas of friendship and conversation with a plaque and the inauguration of the Hannah Arendt Smoking Porch—commemorating Arendt’s love of talking and smoking.

For Hannah Arendt, action and speech create a space between participants, which can find its location almost any time and anywhere. It is the space of appearance. The space where I appear to others, as others appear to me. We propose that the Porch at the Hannah Arendt Center is a space of appearance – a space for thinking and smoking and not smoking, and most importantly, for the sharing of words and deeds.

During the weekend September 16-17 the Hannah Arendt Center will host YES! Association / Föreningen JA!. The artists will inhabit the porch as a space of appearance. This documented action will be YES! Association / Föreningen JA!’s contribution to the exhibition Feminism is Politics! curated by Olga Kopenkina, on view at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery from September 28 – November 27, 2016.

Support by IASPIS, Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international programme for Visual and Applied Artists.

7th August, 2016

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is pleased to announce that we have received support from Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists for our participation in the exhibition Feminism Is Politics! at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York.

25th May, 2016

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NYPÅSTIGNA / NEW PASSENGERS with YES! Association / Föreningen JA!
Meeting place: “Ringen” (“The Ring”), Stockholm Central Station central hall.
May 28, 2016 11 am

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! hereby invites you to join us on a rhombic trip with Stockholm Public Transport. We will travel collectively and engage in looking, moving, reading aloud, and conversing.

NYPÅSTIGNA / NEW PASSENGERS will take about 1 hour and 40 minutes. We will travel from T-Centralen with metro to Liljeholmen, further with tram to Solna Station, and finally we will take the commuter rail back to Stockholm Central Station. Malin Arnell and Åsa Elzén from YES! Association / Föreningen JA! will travel along with you.

Humans and other animals are welcome
Bring a bottle of water!
Wear clothes for activity.
No preparation is needed. A score will be handed out when we meet.
There are elevators in all the stations.
Be on time.

Let us know before May 27 if you need an SL-ticket for the trip. Email info@foreningenja.org (subject: SL-ticket)

YES! Association / Föreningen JA!’s first version of this scripted public transport choreography, Zyklische Gesellschaftsreise, took place on the Berlin S-Bahn in 2013 as ACT 5 within WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) at nGbK, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin.

Part of Malin Arnell’s Avhandling / Av_handling (Dissertation / Through_action).

31st May, 2015

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is pleased to announce that our project (art)work(sport)work(sex)work will open at The Power Plant, Toronto, June 19. In dialogue with Emy Fem, curated by Julia Paoli.

(art)work(sport)work(sex)work aims to map how ideologies, socially accepted norms and legislations govern the conditions of work and participation within the fields of contemporary art, multi-sports events and sex trade. In an effort to triangulate these fields and situate them within the urban space of Toronto, a series of bus rides will take place each Saturday throughout the duration of the exhibition.

We are happy to work with Sophy Chan, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Emy Fem, Savoy ”Kapow!” Howe, Maria Hupfield, Amanda De Lisio, Elene Lam together with Butterfly – Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network, Frances Mahon and Megan Ross, Leslie McCue and Lindy Kinoshameg, Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney

Read more here

19th January, 2015

Ida Rödén svarar på frågor under rubriken Konstsupporten i den nätbaserad konsttidning VOLYM.

Denna vecka svarar hon på följande fråga från Linda:
Konstvärlden är väldigt homogen, på konsthögskolorna är majoriteten vita människor från medel o överklass och även när man ser vilka som får de stora stipendierna o vilka som ställer ut på de stora institutionerna. På högre nivå finns även en viss snedfördelning när det kommer till kön. Detta tycker jag såklart e bajs, men hur kan jag som konstnär aktivt jobba emot detta?

YES! Association / Föreninegn JA! är glada för att få bidra med ett tips till Linda och säger följande: ”YES! Association / Föreningen JA! uppmanar dig att verka för att marginalisera kanon, praktisera och underhålla dina alternativa begär, bygga koalitioner och verka för införandet av medborgarlön”.

Läs hela Ida Rödén svar här

12th December, 2014
The Power Plant, Toronto

The Power Plant, Toronto

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is pleased announce that we have been invited by Assistant Curator Julia Paoli to present a commissioned project for The Power Plant Summer 2015 season. The exhibition will open on June 19. More info to come.

19th August, 2014

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is happy to be included in the Katy Deepwell (ed) Feminist Art Manifestos: An Anthology (KT press, 2014).

“A unique anthology of 35 feminist art manifestos by contemporary women artists from around the world (1969-2013), introduced by Katy Deepwell. These feminist art manifestos written at different moments over the last forty years explore the potential of women’s cultural production as visual artists. Manifestos occupy a specific place in the visual arts, as a means to communicate radical ideas. These texts outline a critique of patriarchy and utopian hopes for the future.”

You can buy it here

What is a manifesto? A political programme, a declaration, a definitive statement of belief. Neither institutional mission statement, nor religious dogma; neither a poem, nor a book. As a form of literature, manifestos occupy a specific place in the history of public discourse as a means to communicate radical ideas. Distributed as often ephemeral documents, as leaflets or pamphlets in political campaigns or as announcements of the formation of new parties or new avant-gardes, manifestos above all declare what its authors are for and against, and ask people who read them to join them, to understand, to share these ideas. The feminist art manifestos in this anthology do all of these things as they explore the potential and possibilities of women’s cultural production as visual artists.

CONTENT: KATY DEEPWELL – NEGOTIATIONS (an introduction); MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES – MANIFESTO FOR MAINTENANCE ART 1969!; AGNES DENES – A MANIFESTO (1969); MICHELE WALLACE – MANIFESTO OF WSABAL (1970); NANCY SPERO – FEMINIST MANIFESTO (1970-1971); MONICA SJOO AND ANNE BERG – IMAGES ON WOMANPOWER – ARTS MANIFESTO (1971); RITA MAE BROWN – A MANIFESTO FOR THE FEMINIST ARTIST (1972); VALIE EXPORT – WOMEN’S ART: A MANIFESTO (1972); FEMINIST FILM AND VIDEO ORGANIZATIONS – WOMANIFESTO (1975); KLONARIS / THOMADAKI – MANIFESTE POUR UNE FÉMINITÉ RADICALE POUR UN CINÉMA AUTRE (1977); CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN – WOMEN IN THE YEAR 2000 (1977); Z.BUDAPEST, U.ROSENBACH, S.B.A.COVEN – FIRST MANIFESTO ON THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION OF WOMEN (1978); EWA PARTUM – CHANGE, MY PROBLEM IS A PROBLEM OF A WOMAN (1979); WOMEN ARTISTS OF PAKISTAN MANIFESTO (1983); CHILA BURMAN – THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN GREAT BLACKWOMEN ARTISTS (1986); EVA AND CO – THE MANIFESTO (1992); VNS MATRIX – BITCH MUTANT MANIFESTO (1994); VIOLETTA LIAGATCHEV – CONSTITUTION INTEMPESTIVE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE INTERNATIONALE DES ARTISTES FEMMES (1995); OLD BOYS NETWORK – 100 ANTI-THESES (1997); LILY BEA MOOR (aka SENGA NENGUDI) – LILIES OF THE VALLEY UNITE! OR NOT (1998); DORA GARCIA – 100 IMPOSSIBLE ARTWORKS (2001); SUBROSA – REFUGIA: MANIFESTO FOR BECOMING AUTONOMOUS ZONES (BAZ)(2002); ORLAN – CARNAL ART MANIFESTO (2002); RHANI LEE REMEDES – THE SCUB MANIFESTO (2002); FACTORY OF FOUND CLOTHES – MANIFESTO (2002); FEMINIST ART ACTION BRIGADE – MANIFESTO (2003); METTE INGVARTSEN – YES MANIFESTO (2004); XABIER ARAKISTAIN – ARCO MANIFESTO (2005); YES! ASSOCIATION/FÖRENINGEN JA! – JÄMLIKHETSAVTAL #1(THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AGREEMENT #1) (2005); ARAHMAIANI – LETTER TO MARINETTI and MANIFESTO OF THE SCEPTICS (2009); GUERRILLA GIRLS – GUIDE TO BEHAVING BADLY (2010); JULIE PERINI – RELATIONAL FILMMAKING MANIFESTO (2010); ELIZABETH M. STEPHENS AND ANNIE M. SPRINKLE – ECOSEX MANIFESTO (2011); LUCIA TKACOVA and ANETTA MONA CHISA – 80:20; SILVIA ZIRANEK – MANIFESTA (2013); MARTINE SYMS – MUNDANE AFROFUTURIST MANIFESTO (2013)

 

14th February, 2014
Västerås konstmuseum

Västerås konstmuseum, Part of “Left Blank Invitation”, 2014

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is happy to announce that we will be part of  the second version of the exhibition The Beginning Is Always Today. Contemporary Feminist Art in Scandinavia this time at Västerås konstmuseum in Sweden, 22 feb – 4 maj 2014.

In the exhibition YES! Association / Föreningen JA! will share an installation with works and projects from their start 2005 until today, 2014.

12th November, 2013

Art and Queer Culture by-Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer

Lee H. Jones is proud to be mention in Catherine Lord’s text Inside the Body Politic: 1980-present in Art and Queer Culture. Edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer. Phaidon Press, 2013.

16th September, 2013
Part of "Left Blank Invitation", 2013, SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum

SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum. Part of “Left Blank Invitation”, 2013

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is happy to announce that we will participate in the exhibition The Beginning Is Always Today. Contemporary Feminist Art in Scandinavia at SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand in Norway.

In the exhibition YES! Association / Föreningen JA! will share a new installation with works and projects from their start 2005 until today, 2013.

Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg. Part of "Press Conference / Performance", 2005

Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg. Part of “Press Conference / Performance”, 2005

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. Part of "Equality-Diversity Agreement #3", 2010

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. Part of “Equality-Diversity Agreement #3”, 2010

Röda Sten, Göteborg. Part of "Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form", 2011

Röda Sten, Göteborg. Part of “Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form”, 2011

12th September, 2013

COVER

RANDY #4 is set to launch at the New York Art Book Fair, this coming September 19th! Stop by their booth for a copy or pre-order today in the Capricious Shop!

Featuring:

Keltie Ferris / “YES! Association / Föreningen JA!” / Harmony Hammond / Litia Perta / Colin Self / Gordon Hall / Amos Mac / Amber Ibarreche / Jon Davies / boychild / Matthew Stone / Katerina Llanes

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3rd September, 2013

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Where do we stand one hundred years later? With the event Betrayed we aim to stuff the election day with ambivalence and contradictions and challenge established power relations. Expect pop-up performances in the streets and squares of Bergen by artists Kwestan Jamal, Frans Jacobi, Annika Ström, and the art rebels Mom & Jerry. At 1pm we invite you all to Fensal for a lecture on the art scene and the art political landscape in Russia by Tanja Thorjussen and Ekaterina Sharova. The evening program starts at 7pm with a video art screening, an artist talk by Russian artist and activist Petr Pavlensky and a performance lecture organized by the Swedish feminist artist collective YES! Association. There will also be performances by students at the art academy. The distribution of texts specially commissioned for the 100år! website will be followed by a concert by Sound of Sotra. The bar is open until 1am and DJ Charlotte Myrbråten is behind the turntables. Admission and access is of course free of charge (if one manages to pass potential obstacles in the way).

The title ‘Betrayed’ refers to the novel ‘Betrayed’, written in 1892 by the Bergen-born author Amalie Skram. The Norwegian word for betrayed can also indicate the words too raw. In extension of the book the title thereby allude to this ambiguity of the word in Norwegian; to the experience of being betrayed as well as the raw nature of our political and social realities. With an international perspective 100år! emphasizes artistic statements that stands for a critical and transformative power – that questions the structures of society and suggests alternative realities. With this event we seek to explore, bring together, invite to participation, mark, celebrate and move forward.

Behind the collaboration 100år! stands the artist-run gallery KNIPSU, the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and Gallery 3,14. The initiative is a marking and a celebration of the women’s suffrage centenary in Norway and consists of a comprehensive arts and seminar program throughout the year. The active, nomadic and performative shape of the event can resemble that of a living organism. An organism that occurs in Fensal, spreads out, demanding its place and multiplies itself within the participant’s bodies and minds.

Participants:
Performance by Annika Ström, YES! Association / Föreningen JA!, Frans Jacobi, Kwestan Jamal, Mor&Jerry, Petr Pavlensky, Benedicte Clementsen & Jennifer Johansson, Leo Shumba, Sara Kollstrøm & Numi Thorvarsson, Anna Kubista Löfman, Sigrid Fivelstad, Madeleine Hofsøy & Tova Fransson.
Videoscreening by Taisiya Krougovykh, Petr Pavlensky, Anna Prikhodko, Ksenia Sorokina, Voina. The screening is curated by Ekaterina Sharova and Tanja Thorjussen.
Texts by Wiam Alaridi, Susanne Christensen, Hilde Sofie Pettersen, Olga Jitlina, Synnøve G Wetten.
Concert by Sound of Sotra
Dj Charlotte Myrbråten

This project is supported by Hordaland County, Bergen City and the Freedom of Expression Foundation, Oslo

12th July, 2013

The NGBK (Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst) project
WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) presents
Act 5: Zyklische Gesellschaftsreise
with YES! Association / Föreningen JA!

July 23 2013, 19.00 – 21.00
Meeting place: Hermannstraße S-Bahn station in Berlin-Neukölln

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! hereby invites you to join us on a cyclical trip on the Berlin Ringbahn. We will travel collectively and engage in our desire to make sense of “today” through looking, moving, conversing, and reading aloud.

Mary Ellen Solt’s point of reference for THE PEOPLEMOVER was the train that transported a fun-seeking crowd around Disneyland. This train was simply called The PeopleMover. For Solt The PeopleMover of Disneyland represented a world of fantasy, fake history, consumerism and political amnesia. Instead she wanted to locate The Peoplemover in the real world, in the USA of 1968, a nation transfixed by political degradation and in need of awaking. She envisioned The PeopleMover as a demonstration. We suggest to locate The PeopleMover in the public transport sphere of Berlin’s S-Bahn.

No preparation is needed. A score will be handed out when we meet.

Please sign up in advance before July 21st at info@wirspielen.net

Let us know if you need a S-Bahn ticket.
Language: English

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is an art collective, an institution, an art worker, a group of people that works to promote a more heterogeneous and more equal art scene. They often employ fictitious situations as exercises of possible realities, using performance to investigate art’s transformative capacities.

WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) is a series of events concerned with the topic of “we”, an inescapable utterance in the formation of collectivities, two letters that involve alignment, affects, bodies, spatial boundaries and political realities.

The form of the play is inspired by “THE PEOPLEMOVER – A Demonstration Poem (1968)”, written by Mary Ellen Solt. THE PEOPLEMOVER is a collage of quotations from a variety of sources, reaching from historical records and political speeches to eyewitness accounts of demonstrations. The text brings up issues of political frustration, mistrust in institutions and the failure of democracy’s fundamental principles. WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) is inspired by the plurality of voices and their conflictive demands contained in the poem, as well as provoked by its patriotic belief in the US-American dream.

Which are the demands nowadays, who are the ones that will express them, who are the ones that will be heard the most and why? What are our possibilities for change and how are they shaped by our desires and personal interactions? Is collective work still a political standpoint? A marketing strategy? A failed project or a necessity for our survival?

www.wirspielen.net

27th March, 2013

During day 2: ART & POLITICS in the iGDN Founding Conference “Gender Play” Malin Arnell will be presenting the work of YES! Association / Föreningen JA!.

Friday 29 March 9:30AM – 1PM
9:30 am Soft Opening (registration, light refreshments)

10:00 am Welcome Address: Ann Snitow. Director, Gender Studies, Lang College The New School

10:15 am Introduction: Simone Douglas, Director MFA Fine Arts

10:30 am With fiction, we wanted to win back the future or We Will Open a New Front – lecture by Lee H Jones, Malin Arnell (Sweden)

10:45 am For Crying Out Loud: Nancy Spero, Lauren O´Neill-Butler (USA)

11:15 am What’s scarier: a male or a female bear?: Jeanine Oleson (USA/ Canada)

11:45 am Working with and beyond assumptions and expectations of gender in the Arab World: Leila Buck (Arab/ USA) & Adam Abel (USA)

12:45 pm The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History: Hugh Ryan (USA)

1.15 – 1:45 pm Panel Discussion
Malin Arnell (Sweden), Adam Abel (USA), Leila Buck (Arab/ USA), Lauren O´Neill-Butler (USA), Jeanine Oleson (USA/ Canada), Hugh Ryan (USA), Lauren Denitzio (USA), Isaac Pool (USA), Jessica Posner (USA)

Participation in the conference is FREE but please REGISTER at: igdnparsons.eventbrite.com

iGDN Founding Conference “Gender Play”
28 & 29 March 2013
Location: Parsons The New School for Design, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

15th March, 2013

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is happy to announce that we will participate in the project WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) at NGBK in Berlin.

WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) is a series of events concerned with the topic of “we”, an inescapable utterance in the formation of collectivities, two letters that involve alignment, affects, bodies, spatial boundaries and political realities.

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! are invited to make act 5 happen on JULY 23 2013 7PM

Read more about the project here

14th January, 2013

Today YES! Association /Föreningen JA! received the sad message from The Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs that they have decided to no longer support our activities.

12th December, 2012

Read Joel Tunström’s article What happened to Iaspis? at kunstkritikk.no (only in Swedish)

6th November, 2012

Read 500 words on SMOKING AREA — As told to Corrine Fitzpatrick on Artforum online

5th November, 2012

Following Invitation, a monthlong stay for writer and translator Annika Ruth Persson at the Hannah Arendt Collection, Bard Collage, NY as part of YES! Association / Föreningen JA!s contribution to the exhibition Anti-Establishment at CCS Bard Galleries, Annika Ruth Persson was invited together with artist Andrea Geyer to The Oncoming Corner #2, November 4th 2012.

During the meeting Annika Ruth Persson presented her literary project “Hannah Arendt’s 1940s: Paths, luggage, meetings, writings. 3 narrative essays” and read the text “Dead Mothers” written specially for this event. We are sharing the text with you here: DEAD MOTHERS.pdf

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The Oncoming Corner is a series of monthly gatherings that takes place in artist Malin Arnell’s apartment in Brooklyn, NY. It’s a space for sharing our makings, for communising, for socialising, and for us to think together about what these terms can mean and how we can make use of their potential.

11th September, 2012

Read Amy Zion’s post on the Hannah Arendt Center blog here

9th July, 2012

On June 16, 2012, 26 cultural workers met in a space at Konsthall C in Hökarängen, Stockholm for a twelve hour discussion about the place of art in society. The goal of the day was to, through collective work, formulate a manifesto for how to move on from today’s cultural-political situation. The day was an experiment, an impossible task that was solved.

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! has signed the manifesto. Do it you too!

Inom en snar framtid
(only in Swedish)

1st June, 2012

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is happy to announce that we will participate with the new project SMOKING AREA in the exhibition Anti-Establishment at CCS Bard Galleries, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, June 23 – December 21, 2012, curated by Johanna Burton.

Anti-Establishment includes the work of Wynne Greenwood, Trajal Harrell, H.E.N.S. (Arlen Austin & Jason Boughton), Jacqueline Humphries, Brennan Gerard & Ryan Kelly, Chelsea Knight (with Elise Rasmussen), Pam Lins, Scott Lyall, Tere O’Connor, Mai-Thu Perret, Sarah Pierce, Elisabeth Subrin, and YES! Association / Föreningen JA!

The works in Anti-Establishment investigate artistic practices that, in various ways, radically utilize and recommit to the notion of “the institution,” while demanding new functions and effects of them. Institutions are very often discussed via shorthand, conflated with the “establishment”—monolithic, static, and hierarchical societal systems against which avant-garde and countercultural productions can be seen. Yet, this exhibition sets the two apart, arguing for institutions as more limber sites, perpetually de- and re-constructed by those that create, inhabit, and dismantle them. 


A series of live events will take place in conjunction with Anti-Establishment on June 23, 2012 and throughout the fall.
More info about the exhibition: www.bard.edu/ccs/exhibitions/anti-establishment/

SMOKING AREA consists of the following works:

June 23, 2012 – December 21, 2012
Smoking Area
Floor painting, 157 x 157 in. (400 x 400 cm)

June 23, 2012, 4.30 pm
Hostilities/Events/Inclusion/Assimilation/Disruptions and Beginnings
A reading/speech/performance, performed by Malin Arnell, Åsa Elzén and Annika Ruth Persson.
30 minutes
Bard CCS Galleries

October 8-November 5, 2012
Invitation
A monthlong stay for Annika Ruth Persson

As part of its contribution to Anti-Establishment, YES! Association / Föreningen JA! hands over time and space to writer and translator Annika Ruth Persson who will do her research for her literary project “Hannah Arendt’s 1940s: Paths, luggage, meetings, writings. 3 narrative essays” in the Hannah Arendt Collection at Bard Collage during a four-week period in October.

Fall of 2016 (Inauguration date September 19th)
Hannah Arendt Memorial Smoking Porch
A commemorative project
Hannah Arendt Center, Bard College

A work to commemorate the “Hannah Arendt Memorial Smoking Porch” will be installed permanently on the porch to the Hannah Arendt Center building during.

Read mor about the project here

SMOKING AREA, installation view

HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US:

Free chartered bus available from New York City for the From 199A to 199B: Liam Gillick and Anti-Establishment openings on June 23. For reservations call 845 758 7598, or write ccs@bard.edu.

The CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College are open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5pm. All CCS Bard exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.



For more information on getting to Bard College, hotel recommendations, transportation, or further information please call CCS Bard at 845 758 7598, write ccs@bard.edu, or visit www.bard.edu/ccs

20th May, 2012

Time: Tuesday May 29, 6 pm
Place: Lucie Fontaine’s studio, Iaspis, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm

The talk I am talking about something happening right here, right now is part of Body of Work, a project developed by Lucie Fontaine in collaboration with Iaspis and based on the following topics: authorship, signature, creativity and labour.

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! has once again invited Lee H. Jones to Sweden to discuss institutional critique in relation to the institution as a workplace at a time when space for critical reflection within the institution is continually diminished. Jones will present a report regarding the current situation and this will be the point of departure for a following discussion.

Lee H. Jones is a highly acclaimed organic intellectual, an activist thinker and a celebrated public speaker. Jones is also a well-known figure in the activist community in particular within the Movement. Founded in 2005, YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is a separatist association for art workers whose practices and activities are informed by feminism with an intersectional perspective.

Bild: Lucie Fontaines ateljé på Iaspis i Stockholm / Image: Lucie Fontaine’s studio at Iaspis in Stockholm.

In parallel to the talk, Lucie Fontaine’s exhibition space in Stockholm, a satellite of the space she established in Milan in 2008, will host a solo exhibition by Romanian artist Alex Mirutziu.

Lucie Fontaine is in residence at Iaspis during spring 2012. For more information about Lucie Fontaine and Body of Work, please visit www.konstnarsnamnden.se and www.luciefontaine.com
or contact Iaspis project coordinator Ulrika Sten at e-mail: us@iaspis.se or phone no. +46 (0)8 506 550 94.

Iaspis is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international programme for professional artists within visual arts, design, crafts and architecture. Our mission is to nurture contacts between artists in Sweden and actors on the international arena and thus contribute to artistic development and improved working conditions.

11th March, 2012

SHIFTER #18
Book Launch at Jack Hanley Gallery, April 6 2012, in conjunction with “Prolegomena” curated by Gresham’s Ghost
(Lee H. Jones is contributing with a text.)

http://shifter-magazine.com/

4th March, 2012

BREAKING WITH HOMOGENEITY
2:30-3:30PM SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012

Participants: Litia Perta, Malin Arnell, A.K. Burns, Åsa Elzen, Clark Solack, Hanna Wilde

How can we name and use identity categories to promote a more heterogeneous and more equal art scene? Litia Perta, Faculty at the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College, will moderate a conversation with Hanna Wilde, Director of the Swedish headquartered Högkvarteret; as well as Åsa Elzen and Malin Arnell, artists and part of the Swedish-based YES! Association / Föreningen JA!; Clark Solack: curator, writer and co-editor of RANDY; A.K. Burns: artist and co-editor of RANDY; to talk about the transatlantic queer and feminist communities that underpin their practices; as well as the stakes, struggles and successes in each instance.

OPEN FORUM – Curated by Amanda Parmer
THE ARMORY SHOW
March 8–11, 2012
TWELFTH AVENUE AT WEST 55TH STREET
NEW YORK CITY

25th January, 2012

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is pleased to announce that we have received funding for our on-going work from The Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs.

22nd December, 2011

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! will start the new year by continue the intra-feminist discussion departing from Lee H. Jones. On January 14, between noon and 6pm, we will meet at Konsthall C in Hökarängen, Stockholm

Invited participants:
Nasim Aghili, editor and publisher of the queer feminist art magazine Ful
Helena Lindblom, editor the queer feminist art magazine Ful
Athena Farrokhzad, poet and critic
Ylva Habel, Lecturer and researcher in Media and Communication Studies, Södertörn Högskola and member of the organization TRYCK
Josette Bushell-Mingo, director, actor and member of the organization TRYCK
YES! Association / Föreningen JA!, presented by artists Malin Arnell, Åsa Elzén and Johanna Gustavsson

26th November, 2011

Today, November 26, between noon and 6pm we met in Konsthall C for an intra-feminist discussion departing from Lee H. Jones.

Present:
Nasim Aghili, editor and publisher of the queer feminist art magazine Ful
Helena Lindblom, editor the queer feminist art magazine Ful
Athena Farrokhzad, poet and critic
Ylva Habel, Assistant Professor, Research fellow at Södertörn Högskola and member of the organization TRYCK
Josette Bushell-Mingo, director, actor and member of the organization TRYCK
YES! Association / Föreningen JA!, presented by artists Malin Arnell, Åsa Elzén and Johanna Gustavsson

6th November, 2011

Here you can read the Russian translation of Will Open a New Front – lecture by Lee H. Jones >> We Will Open a New Front – lecture by Lee H, Russian.PDF

Read more about We Will Open a New Front – lecture by Lee H. Jones here >>

Poster We Will Open a New Front – lecture by Lee H. Jones, English.PDF

Poster We Will Open a New Front - lecture by Lee H. Jones. Design: Studio SM

5th November, 2011

Chisinau Circumvention – art and social progress in peripheral regions
8-10th of November, 2011

Conference, Chisinau, The Republic of Moldova
State University, str. A. Mateevici 60, Main Building, Conference Room – 511, November 9th and 10th 2011, 11-18

Åsa Elzén will give a talk about work of YES! Association / Föreningen JA! at the conference Chisinau Circumvention – art and social progress in peripheral regions in Chisinau, The Republic of Moldavia. In conjunction with the conference there will be an exhibition, by the artists of the conference curated by Stefan Rusu and Martin Schibli, opening at ArtHotel (Gh. Asachi str. nr. 53/1, lit. “A”, Chisinau) and Flat Space (Bucuresti 68, Chisinau) at 16.00 on Tuesday 8th of November.

PRESSRELEASE, English.PDF

5th April, 2011

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to those who helped us in various ways with We Will Open a New Front – lecture by Lee H. Jones. This work would never have been possible without the ongoing, broad feminist dialogue among various feminist positions and ideological stances.

In the choice of making a large number of voices heard – sometimes in affinity, often in constructive conflict – through the fictional character Lee H. Jones, we were expressing our desire to dissolve the monopoly of the individual author. We dreamed of a utopian voice, a mob, a blob, a collectivity that, through their words, would shatter the prevailing patriarchal, racist and capitalist power hierarchy. To us, it was about creating space for an alternative desire to take hold and be exercised. With this text, we hoped to reconquer, reformulate and incorporate the varied experiences of identity politics. We are aware that there are occasions when it is essential to name our sources and refer to specific feminist thinkers and doers, but this was not the strategy we chose in our work with We Will Open a New Front – lecture by Lee H. Jones. Instead, we actively borrowed, appropriated, stole, were given permission to use, quoted, paraphrased and misquoted. Or did we? If nobody owns language, can words actually be borrowed, given away or stolen? We can only continue to repeat what has already been said: it is our duty to insist, and to say it again and again and again.

We wanted to create a fictional character, an organic intellectual who would embody all our political desires. We wanted to step out of our bodies and into the language where Lee H. Jones is impossible to classify and appears in various guises on various occasions. Lee is all of us, Lee is one, but Lee is never just anyone. Nobody owns Lee. Lee is both fiction and right there in reality.

In We Will Open a New Front – lecture by Lee H. Jones, we refuse to allow language to be objectified and possessed like a commodity, like an artefact. We refuse to acknowledge language as belonging to, or rooted in specific, nameable individuals. We refuse to create a hierarchy between individuals and voices. Instead, we use fiction to prepare us for the future. It is a way for us to create experiences in ourselves and in others, to enable a common struggle, beyond an essentialist perception of identity. To YES! Association / Föreningen JA! identity politics begins right here, just as it begins through political solidarity. Are we ready for it? Are you ready?

Read more about We Will Open a New Front – lecture by Lee H. Jones here >>

4th April, 2011

In 2005, Fia-Stina Sandlund was one of the founders of YES! Association / Föreningen JA!. As part of YES! Association/Föreningen JA!’s work – Sublime, said the association (2010), she asks all the important questions.

Listen to the audio track Is it art or it’s just for real? Is it real or is it just art? by Fia-Stina Sandlund here >>

Sublime, said the association, was included in THE MODERNA EXHIBITION 2010, October 2, 2010 – January 9, 2011 at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden.

1st February, 2011

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! visiting New York to participate in a panel discussion during The Feminist Art Project Special Sessions, the 99th Annual Conference of the College Art Association , 9:00 AM-5: 30 PM, 12th February, 2011, at Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle

The day consists of a number of panels which focuses on feminist issues in art practice, art history and art criticism. Co-organizers: Johanna Burton, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and Julia Bryan-Wilson, University of California, Irvine

Between 11am-12.30pm, YES! Association / Föreningen JA! participates in the panel discussion Institutions and Their Feminist Discontents, along with Jessica Lagunas, artist, and Lin + Lam’s art scene. Moderator: Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, El Museo del Barrio.

Here you can read the entire program The Feminist Art Project Special Sessions, the 99th Annual Conference of the College Art Association >>

1st November, 2010

Vivi Nielsen som Lee H. Jones/Vivi Nielsen as Lee H. Jones

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! will take part with the piece We Will Open a New Front – lecture by Lee H. Jones #2 in the SECOND WORLD CONGRESS OF FREE ARTISTS, Aarhus Kunstbygning, Aarhus, Denmark, Saturday 20 November, 2010, 11:30am-5:30pm.

15th October, 2010

On November 3, at 5pm YES! Association / Föreningen JA! will lecture at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

3rd October, 2010

Lea Robinson & Elizabeth Whitney

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is very pleased to present THE MISCEGENATIONS PROJECT with and by Lea Robinson and Elizabeth Whitney at Kafé Copacabana, Sunday October 24, at 7 pm. (The presentation will be in English.)

Kafé Copacabana, Hornstulls strand 3, Stockholm
miscegenations.org kafecopacabana.com

Presentation of THE MISCEGENATIONS PROJECT: Writer/performers Lea Robinson and Elizabeth Whitney will discuss and present excerpts from THE MISCEGENATIONS PROJECT, an ongoing performance and digital storytelling workshop that explores intersections of identity with a focus on race, gender identity, and sexuality. THE MISCEGENATIONS PROJECT takes its name and inspiration from anti-miscegenation laws in the U.S.A. that prohibited interracial marriages—the last of these laws were removed as recently as the late 1960’s. Robinson and Whitney believe that this is a crucial moment to revisit anti-miscegenation histories as a platform to discuss relationships among racial discrimination and cultural battles over same-sex marriage and genderqueer identities.

Project History: THE MISCEGENATIONS PROJECT was developed as a digital storytelling workshop for colleges and universities. It was first developed as part of ARTSCAPE’s 2007 International Artist Residency on the Toronto Islands, where we recorded conversations with other artists about intersections among race, gender identity, and sexuality and created digital stories using film we took while in Toronto. THE MISCEGENATIONS PROJECT has been invited to workshop and present at The Femme Collective conference (Chicago), California State University Northridge, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, California State University Northridge, University of Massachusetts Boston, Imagining America Conference (Syracuse University), Public Memory & Ethnicity Conference (Lewis & Clark College) Broad Vocabulary Books (Milwaukee, WI), DramaRama Performance Festival (New Orleans), the National Communication Association Conference (San Antonio), and Gallery X (New Bedford, MA).

Artists bios: Lea Robinson & Elizabeth Whitney are partners in life & performance and were recently included in GO Magazine’s 100 Women We Love. For the past five years they have developed THE MISCEGENATIONS PROJECT, a performance and digital storytelling workshop that explores intersections of identity with a focus on race, gender identity, and sexuality. Together they have brainstormed pioneering performances of gender, such as the butch-femme country-western drag act, “Sissy & Cocoa Chaps: The Urban Cowdykes,” and the soon-to-be world famous hooping duo, “Bitches With Barrettes”. They are the originators and former hosts of the Works in Progress series at The Theater Offensive in Boston, and regular performers in The Femme Show. Their new performance SYRUP IN OUR SHORTS, AND OTHER SOUTHERN PLEASANTRIES was included in the 2010 July HOT! Festival at Dixon Place (NYC). Elizabeth and Lea live in New York City where they work as artists and academics. For more information on their individual projects see www.learobinsonactor.com and www.elizabethwhitney.com

1st October, 2010

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1st June, 2010

On June 22 between the hours of 18 -19.30 keeps Naiti part Sante a lecture at Röda Sten on the current discrimination legislation on the basis of the YES! Association / Föreningen JA!’s work to draw up an equality contract in cooperation with the Röda Sten. The lecture is open to all interested.

Naiti part Sante is a lawyer and worked as a teacher of EC law and discrimination law at Södertörn University College. She also works as an investigator on the Diskrimineringsombudsmannen (DO).

The lecture will be a component of YES! Association / Föreningen JA!’s project EQUALITY AGREEMENT 2010 (5 years later). Read more about the project here >>

1st April, 2010

April 28, 2010, 8-10 pm, YES! Association / Föreningen JA!, represented by Åsa Elzén and Hong-An Truong will host a meeting at NOBODY PUTS BABY IN A CORER, New York. More information at the NOBODY PUTS BABY IN A CORER blog >>

15th March, 2010

The YES! Association has been invited by artists and theorists Faith Wilding and Kate Davis to participate in their exhibition project The Long Loch: How Do We Go On From Here? in collaboration with The Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow, as part of Glasgow International 2010 (April 16th-May 29th 2010). Faith Wilding and Kate Davis writes as follows: ”This collaborative endeavor seeks to explore how the history of our own separate art practices can come together to illuminate and learn from feminist concerns and legacies in a way that is both pertinent to ‘a present’ of Glasgow 2010 and aware of a need to think ahead”. Our participation will partly be through a “YES! package” consisting of: a documentation of Press Conference/Performance (2005), the Equal Opportunities Agreement (#1, 2005) and a packet of Swedish coffee of the brand Gevalia. This is our contribution to the monthly reading group Read Out! Read In! Feminist Lines of Flight in Art and Politics part of the project The Long Loch: How Do We Go On From Here?

1st March, 2010

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20th January, 2010

The YES! Association is pleased to announce that we have received funding for our on-going work as well as a project grant for the project EQUALITY AGREEMENT 2010 (5 years later) from The Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs.

16th December, 2009

During the launch of Vanja Hermele book Konsten – så funkar det (inte) (The Art – How It Works (Not)) in Almedalen began KRO / KIF collection of signatures for a petition calling for a more equal art. The YES! have signed and 7 December 2009, the petition over to the Culture Minister. Read the petition here (only in Swedish)>>

Order the book Konsten – så funkar det (inte) (The Art – How It Works (Not)) from KRO / KIF website >>

1st October, 2009

Do not miss the journal MANAs special number with the theme of contemporary art and exhibition. The YES! Association involved with parts from the opening speech, the association held in staging When hell froze over – a performance in 4 parts at the Röda Sten June 27, 2009.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Opening and Release:
Saturday, October 3, 2009, 3pm-6pm
with special appearance by the band U-nokini

Exhibition: October 3 to 31, 2009
Gallery Garage, Maple Street 30, Malmö
Hours: Mon, Tues noon-6pm, Wed noon-8pm, Thurs 12-18, Fri noon-5pm

Participants: Claire Bishop, The YES!, Raimi Gbadamosi, Kuratorisk Action, Carol Yinghua Lu
Artists: Stefan Constantinescu, Raimi Gbadamosi, Jens Haaning, Adrian Piper, Agnes Strindinger
Guest Editor / Curator: Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen

20th August, 2009

Vanja Hermele study of gender equality in the arts has received considerable attention in the Swedish press in the summer.

Jessica Kempe writes for example in the Dagens Nyheter June 25, 2009 follows: “Vanja Hermele newly published book Konsten – så funkar det (inte) (The Art – How It Works (Not)) has already generated debate. But the strength of her overwhelming statistics are objections to the small pipe. For, proves she, women’s art is still less well-paid, undervalued and discriminated.” Read the full comment (only in Swedish)>>

Order Konsten – så funkar det (inte) (The Art – How It Works (Not)) on KRO / KIFS website >>

18th June, 2009

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1st March, 2009

Colleagues, Friends, Doubters and Agitators!
In March and April the YES! Association will arrange two open meetings, one in Stockholm and one in Malmö. We want to see you there!

The YES! Association was founded in 2005 through the participation in the exhibition Art Feminism – strategies and effects in Sweden from the 1970’s until today. At the Press Conference/Performance(2005) the YES! Association offered the art institutions initiating the exhibition to enter a legally binding Equal Opportunities Agreement, formulated specifically for this occasion. We also gave a report concerning gender statistics at the institutions and advocated for quotas and sanctions.

Since then we have exhibited, staged direct actions, lectured, written and debated. In September 2008 we arranged “Privilege Walk/Symposium – Feminist and intersectional aspects of contemporary art” at Lilith Performance Studio in Malmö. Right now we are collaborating with artist Kajsa Dahlberg and the artist run space Transmission in Glasgow.

We hereby invite you to participate in our open meetings, where we will tell you about our current work, our history but most of all – share the future with you! Hopefully you would like to share a couple of hours and some experiences with us!

First stop is Stockholm:
March 26th, 7 – 9 at café Copacabana, Hornstulls Strand 3.
In Stockholm we will begin by watching a 40 minute video documentation from the Press Conference/Performance at Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg 2005. The video has English subtitles.

Second stop is Malmö:
April 1st, 7-9 at Signal – centre for contemporary art, Södra Skolgatan 31
In Malmö artist Kajsa Dahlberg is joining us and together we will talk about our collaboration and the project The Name Of This Association Shall Be Transmission.

The presentations will be in Swedish, the video with English subtitles and hopefully a discussion in many languages.

Welcome!

www.signalsignal.org
kafecopacabana.com

20th November, 2006

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10th October, 2006

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21st July, 2006

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12th October, 2005

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