Staying In: The Right to Be Let Alone
(Privacy in the work of James Baldwin and Eileen Gray)

An evening of readings and collective talk, proposed by Radoslav Ištok,
curator and art critic, as part of ACROSS #8.

Wednesday 18 Januarty at 7:00PM
Librairie Vigna
3 rue Delille
06 Nice

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Since 2015, thankyouforcoming runs a critic and curatorial residency program from Nice. ACROSS (scènes de province) is a collaborative, participatory and experimental project.

STAYING IN: THE RIGHT TO BE LET ALONE
(Privacy in the work of James Baldwin and Eileen Gray)

My aim for the residency is to explore the potential of the withdrawal as a political tool for minorities in the wake of the quick succession of tragic events in Europe and the USA this summer.
I propose two public events reflecting on the fact that the public space has become a site of both terrorist and structural violence against the minorities as well as the general public.

First, a reading session dedicated to two minority modernism figures with a connection to the French Riviera: James Baldwin, an African-America novelist and activist, and Eileen Gray, an Irish architect and designer. Both Baldwin and Gray developed spaces resisting the oppressive codes of whiteness and heteronormativity, allowing us to understand Baldwin’s and Gray’s works as spaces of withdrawal into freedom.

Second, I invited Natália Rebêlo (b.1987, based in Stockholm), an artist working across media including sound, to develop a new work for the webpage of thankyouforcoming. The work will be a contemporary response to the potential of escapism and daydreaming in form of a public work which the audience can access in the privacy of their homes or just their headphones.

Radoslav Ištok, November 2016.