28 Sep 2019–29 Sep 2019

Petunia

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Passages: a symposium, film screenings, performances, and talks

–with Elsa Dorlin, Bill Lindeke, Alexandra Midal, Susana Vargas Cervantes, Ramaya Tegegne, and others

The three members of Petunia are invited to organize a weekend symposium of performances, screenings, readings, and discussions over the last weekend of September 2019 at company projects/The Third Rail, the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis, and in various locations in downtown Minneapolis including the city’s iconic skyway system, in which the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis is situated. Company projects is an artist-run space that presents exhibitions, performance, artist books, and screenings. It co-occupies a space in Northeast Minneapolis with The Third Rail, a free nonprofit periodical devoted to a discussion of modern and contemporary art, politics, philosophy, culture and featuring critical essays, interviews, literary arts, and artist projects. Both initiatives are currently going through various transitions with regards to their future location and publishing frequency.

A journal itself, Petunia decided to partner up with a like-minded organization to anchor the symposium into a local reality. Coinciding with the end of Teitge’s one-year-program, the aim of the two-day-symposium will be to stage critical feedback and to reflect on the notion of legacy, of transition, as well as on the concept of local commitment and urban space/architectural environment, always through a feminist “Petunia” angle.

Through a rich and in-depth program Petunia aims to reflect on question and challenge the positions and temporary programs of the The Third Rail / company projects and Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis Goethe in the Skyways within their local and inter-/national contexts and, closely linked to it –their respective legacies–, by bringing together Minneapolis-based performers, artists, theoreticians, and practitioners with colleagues and former contributors of Petunia from France and other parts of the US, via Mexico. The physical experience of these different spaces, especially the skyways, this particular architectural space, will frame the discussions and challenge European preconceptions of so-called public space in the US.

Friday program
Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis & various locations in downtown Minneapolis (the skyways and outdoors)

Saturday program
The Third Rail / company projects in Northeast Minneapolis

  • Info

Passages: a symposium, film screenings, performances, and talks

–with Elsa Dorlin, Bill Lindeke, Alexandra Midal, Susana Vargas Cervantes, Ramaya Tegegne, and others

The three members of Petunia are invited to organize a weekend symposium of performances, screenings, readings, and discussions over the last weekend of September 2019 at company projects/The Third Rail, the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis, and in various locations in downtown Minneapolis including the city’s iconic skyway system, in which the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis is situated. Company projects is an artist-run space that presents exhibitions, performance, artist books, and screenings. It co-occupies a space in Northeast Minneapolis with The Third Rail, a free nonprofit periodical devoted to a discussion of modern and contemporary art, politics, philosophy, culture and featuring critical essays, interviews, literary arts, and artist projects. Both initiatives are currently going through various transitions with regards to their future location and publishing frequency.

A journal itself, Petunia decided to partner up with a like-minded organization to anchor the symposium into a local reality. Coinciding with the end of Teitge’s one-year-program, the aim of the two-day-symposium will be to stage critical feedback and to reflect on the notion of legacy, of transition, as well as on the concept of local commitment and urban space/architectural environment, always through a feminist “Petunia” angle.

Through a rich and in-depth program Petunia aims to reflect on question and challenge the positions and temporary programs of the The Third Rail / company projects and Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis Goethe in the Skyways within their local and inter-/national contexts and, closely linked to it –their respective legacies–, by bringing together Minneapolis-based performers, artists, theoreticians, and practitioners with colleagues and former contributors of Petunia from France and other parts of the US, via Mexico. The physical experience of these different spaces, especially the skyways, this particular architectural space, will frame the discussions and challenge European preconceptions of so-called public space in the US.

Friday program
Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis & various locations in downtown Minneapolis (the skyways and outdoors)

Saturday program
The Third Rail / company projects in Northeast Minneapolis

Artist Bio

Pétunia

As a highly illustrated magazine, Pétunia presents artists’ proposals and texts in French or English. Pétunia’s issues are organised around subjective emergencies. Pétunia avoids using author’s texts as illustrations of a main topic chosen by the chief editors. There is no editorial or publisher’s statement. Each issue is autonomous, and does not connect with territorial issues and current matters or trends. There are no chapters or sections, but diverse textual forms, from theoretical texts to diary entries to pure fiction or comics, mostly concerning contemporary art.

The layout of Pétunia is an important part of each issue; its graphic design will be very present and proclaimed, working each time with a different graphic designer. Pétunia is an unclassified object that paradoxically affirms a strong identity in focusing foremost on the work of women critics, curators, artists . .

From this perspective, Pétunia is a feminist publication playing the game of affirmative action, as a response to the constant imbalance of the role and place of women in the art world.  Pétunia also reactivates — hopefully with nostalgia and humour — the forms of ideological engagement of women regarding art and critical production, while enriching its view of three decades of women studies, black studies, postcolonial studies and, of course, post-feminist studies.

Valerie Chartrain

Valerie Chartrain is a curator, editor, publisher and writer focusing on art, spirits, and probable futures. When not in the art world, she writes about spirits and curates knowledge in the wine and spirits industry while working as a strategic researcher for companies imagining their futures.

Lili Reynaud Dewar

Lili Reynaud Dewar is a French artist whose practice mainly takes the form of performances, sculptures, videos, and installations. The heterogeneous forms question identity issues; whether they relate to the status of women or dominated communities; the icons of cultural transgression inhabit her artistic reflection.

Dorothée Dupuis

Dorothée Dupuis is a French contemporary art curator, critic, and publisher focusing on the intersection of the arts, politics, feminism, Marxism, and postcolonialism. She founded the magazine Terremoto.mx in Mexico where she lives.