Reading Group

Bodies, Spaces, Archives

Connected within that Light: Reading/Theory Group Series with Kathy-Ann Tan

This reading group series is entitled Bodies, Spaces, Archives. In this third and final session we will collaboratively read and discuss texts by Tina M. Campt, bell hooks and June Jordan together with Natasha Ginwala, Associate Curator, Gropius Bau.

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

Past Dates

The session will take place online via Zoom.
To participate, please send an email to until 15 December 2021.

In this final session we will be joined by Associate Curator at the Gropius Bau and Curator of the exhibition Zanele Muholi, Natasha Ginwala. We will conclude our focus on readings that engage with how different bodies and subjectivities take up, navigate, are interpellated, welcome in or excluded from various spaces – from the intimate to the institutional. Departing from the notion that our bodies are our first archives, we will discuss how the corporeal archive can be a primary site for for self-representation, empowerment, healing and transformation. We will be placing Tina M. Campt’s A Black Gaze and bell hooks’ “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators” in conversation with some of Zanele Muholi’s work in their solo exhibition at the Gropius Bau, and also read some poems by June Jordan (among others, “Poem About My Rights”).

Tina M. Campt, A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See, 2021
bell hooks, “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators” in Black Looks: Race and Representation, 1992
June Jordan, “Poem About My Rights” in Passion: New Poems, 1977–1980, 1980

The sessions will be led in English but discussion in German is welcomed. Texts will be circulated in advance after registration closes.

These three sessions continue the Connected within that Light: Reading/Theory Group Series at the Gropius Bau that loosely complements the institution’s exhibition programme in 2020/21. Sessions are facilitated by Berlin-based independent curator, writer and scholar Kathy-Ann Tan. This session will take place online via Zoom.

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