Start Up Lectures 2020-21: Activist Biographies in Eastern Europe – Airi Triisberg

First broadcast: Mon 03.02.2020, 11.06 Uhr MEZ
Rerun: Wed 19.02.2020, 21.00 Uhr MEZ
A Broadcast in collaboration with: Airi Triisberg

In 2019-20, the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory will focus on work projects addressing constructions of identity that are of constituent significance for our present. In the context of the Startup Lecturest the new Fellows introduced themselves and their work, and provided some insight into their respective proposals for their projects.

The research project from Airi Triisberg aims to document, contextualize and analyze social movements in Eastern Europe. It includes interviews with a variety of political organizers who are active in movement politics, and often also work at the intersection of knowledge production, art and culture. The research participants are active on the broad spectrum of social justice initiatives, including queer/feminist organizing, labor struggles, anti-racist politics, ecological movements, etc.

The geographic scope of the research will focus particularly on the Baltic Sea region, but is not limited to that. The research project is conceptualized as a process of activist knowledge production and will be carried out with the biographical method. This includes in-depth interviews in which the project participants are asked to reflect on their political biographies.

In this broadcast you will hear the presentation of Airi Triisberg.


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Airi TRIISBERG is an independent curator, writer and educator based in Tallinn. She is interested in issues related to gender and sexualities, illness/health and dis/abilities, self-organization and collective care practices, struggles against precarious working conditions in the art field and beyond. Her practice is often located at the intersection of political education, self-organization and knowledge production. One of her ongoing research interests focuses on historical and contemporary moments when experiences of living with illness or disability have been politicized in order to express social critique. In 2015 she curated Get Well Soon!, an exhibition presenting artistic re-articulations of social imaginaries rooted in the radical movements of the 1970s. Another strand in her practice focuses on precarious labor and art workers organizing. In 2010-2012 she was an active member in the art workers movement in Tallinn. In 2015 she co-published the book Art Workers – Material Conditions and Labour Struggles in Contemporary Art Practice together with Minna Henriksson and Erik Krikortz.