Sketch and research images for Phytogyne Garden, a new installation by Juliana Cerqueira Leite and Zoë Claire Miller, 2019. 

Sick and Desiring 

Bergen Assembly 2019: Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead

Sarah Browne
Juliana Cerqueira Leite & Zoë Claire Miller
Josceyln Gardner
Paula Pin (BioTransLab)
Feminist Health Care Research Group (Julia Bonn & Inga Zimprich)

Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway

5 September - 10 November 2019

Sick and Desiring is an ongoing curatorial research project that asks, how can we politicise sickness and organise around shared vulnerabilities to live the body as a space for resistance?

The project for Bergen Assembly 2019 encompasses an exhibition, workshops and screenings. Discursive, research-based and activist practices reveal and subvert historical and ongoing patterns of medicalisation and pathologisation of gendered and racialised bodies. Together with its audiences, the project aims to consider and problematise the complex ways in which different modes of power are exerted to impact on health, sexual and social reproduction, and bodily autonomy and dignity.

Sick and Desiring is set against our present culture which fetishises notions of health and wellness that are in the service of ever-increasing productivity. On the flip side of this lifestyle phenomenon is the decimation of infrastructures of care in contexts impacted by neoliberal policies and austerity measures. By drawing on activism, histories of radical health care and feminist group work techniques, the contributors nurture practices of self- and collective care, reclaim medical and pharmaceutical knowledges that have become professionalised and monetised, undo the separation between human life and ecology, and demand agency and self-determination. 

This project is made possible through additional support from Kulturradet Arts Council Norway, Fritt Ord Foundation, Culture Ireland, Goethe-Institut Norway and Acción Cultural Española.

Sick and Desiring is an ongoing curatorial research project. See also: Decolonising Gynaecology: A Workshop by GynePunk and Anatomical Fictions: Representing the Vagina.