To Become Two: Alex Martinis Roe in conversation with Helena Reckitt

Thursday 18 May 2017

Alex Martinis Roe presents her new commission at The Showroom To Become Two in conversation with Helena Reckitt, Senior Lecturer in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London.

To Become Two stems from Martinis Roe’s ongoing engagement with international feminist communities and their political practices. By using various methods such as participant observation, oral history interviewing, and archival research, she offers proposals for how to grapple with contemporary society through feminist methodologies.

In the film Our Future Network (2016), in which Helena Reckitt was a participant, Martinis Roe established a new network which resulted in the development of twenty propositions for feminist collective political practices. Together they will discuss the process of making this film, the wider project and its evolvement at The Showroom.

Helena Reckitt is a curator and researcher with a longstanding engagement with histories and contemporary legacies of feminist and queer artistic and critical practice. She is editor of the books Art and Feminism and Sanja Ivekovic: Unknown Heroine, and, with Jennifer Fisher, of two recent issues of the Journal of Curatorial Studies on affect and curating, and relationality and affect. In 2015 she worked with six feminist curators and artists to develop the programme Now You Can Go across four London arts venues, including The Showroom, which explored the transmission and resonance of Italian feminist practices.

This event accompanies the exhibition Alex Martinis Roe: To Become Two at The Showroom 27 April - 10 June 2017.

To Become Two is co-commissioned by ar/ge kunst (Bolzano); Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, (Utrecht); If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam) and The Showroom (London). The accompanying workshops and performances are co-commissioned by the Keir Foundation. The project was produced with the support of the Graduiertenschule der Universität der Künste Berlin and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, and its arts funding and advisory body. At The Showroom the exhibition is supported by Creative Victoria.

The project will be presented by Badischer Kunstverein (Karlsruhe) 8 September – 26 November 2017.

Exhibition design in collaboration with Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga. Poster series in collaboration with Chiara Figone. To Become Two has been produced with the support of curator Susan Gibb.

A publication To Become Two, published by Archive Books, will be published during the exhibition.

With thanks to Ismail Ali: Project ALCHEMY, Mercedes Vilardell, Paddington Development Trust, St Paul’s Church and Community Centre, Chisenhale Gallery, Gasworks, Lisson Gallery and Matt’s Gallery for exhibition support at The Showroom.

Image credit: Alex Martinis Roe, Our Future Network, film still of the proposition Productive Refusals, developed in collaboration with Helena Reckitt, 2016.


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