Wu Tsang, Untitled (Library Studies), 2013–2014/2019

Wu Tsang, Untitled (Library Studies), 2013–2014/2019. Photograph, digital C print on aluminium, 20 x 30 cm

Courtesy: the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Cabinet and Antenna Space

Reading Group

Kathy-Ann Tan & Natasha Ginwala

Part of the exhibition Wu Tsang: There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody

As part of the public programme for Wu Tsang’s exhibition There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody a series of intimate reading groups offer the opportunity to collaboratively discuss texts which are crucial to Tsang’s work.

  • Duration: 2h
  • In English

Registration including full name and preferred date/s required until 15.10.2019 at . First come, first served.

In the preface to Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s book The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (2013) Jack Halberstam defines the term “study” as “a mode of thinking with others separate from the thinking that the institution requires of you”. This way of being and working together underpins Tsang’s artistic practice and the notion of “study” is a key reference in many of her works. The reading groups will provide a space where a collaborative reading practice can be shared.

26 October 2019
Reading Group with Kathy-Ann Tan & Natasha Ginwala
James Baldwin, “Stranger in the Village”, in: James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son (1955)
Dionne Brand, The Blue Clerk. Ars Poetica in 59 Versos (2018)

2 November 2019
Reading Group with Kathy-Ann Tan & Natasha Ginwala
Dionne Brand, The Blue Clerk. Ars Poetica in 59 Versos (2018)
Toni Morrison, The Source of Self-Regard. Selected Essays, Speeches and Meditations (2019)

16 November 2019
Reading Group with Kathy-Ann Tan & Wu Tsang
Fred Moten, all that beauty (2019) – introduction and first chapter

Natasha Ginwala is an associate curator at the Gropius Bau. Together with Defne Ayas she is the artistic director of the forthcoming Gwangju Biennale 2020.

Kathy-Ann Tan is a curator and independent scholar. Her current research project aims to collaboratively build a forum for artists and curators to develop ways of interrogating colonial narratives.

Wu Tsang was the first artist to be the Gropius Bau’s In House: Artist in Residence. Between 4 September 2019 and 12 January 2020 her exhibition There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody will be on display on the first floor.