"Undercurrents: Black Feminist Practices of Refusal and Healing — Reimagining Spatial Practices Otherwise"

Marie-Louise Richards

Salt Galata

January 26, 2024 12.00 – 19.00

Reconstructions 1320 882 İllüstrasyon: Marie-Louise Richards
Illustration: Marie-Louise Richards
Workshop II-III

Salt is organizing a program of workshops in collaboration with IASPIS and with support from the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul. The first workshop will be led by architect and researcher Marie-Louise Richards.

Focusing on how Black feminism engages in a practice of refusal and resistance that foregrounds care, love, joy, healing, and rest to undermine systems of oppression, Marie-Louise Richards’ work explores the possibilities for different modes of relational spaces for refuge, care, and healing as well as imagining alternative futures. Sharing the knowledge of refusal and resistance, Black feminist practices of collectivity, healing, and care have been fugitive and underground, demanding intimacy and opacity. During the workshop, Richards will reflect on what we can learn from following the supportive, nourishing, and joyful undercurrents of Black feminist practices.

Organized in parallel to the exhibition Architectural Education in Turkey: Thresholds of Institutionalization from the 18th Century to the Present, this workshop will be held in English and is open to architects, designers, professionals, and students from related disciplines. Priority will be given to applicants familiar with feminist practices of care, especially black feminist practices, and those from the African diaspora. Participants are expected to actively engage in the discussion and workshop. Please register via this form.

Architectural Education in Turkey: Thresholds of Institutionalization from the 18th Century to the Present is realized with the support of Jotun and Kalebodur and with the contributions of Eureko Sigorta.

Marie-Louise Richards is an architect, lecturer, and researcher at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Her work explores invisibility as embodiment, critical strategy, and spatial category through methods of architectural and artistic practice, curatorial practice, and writing. Her current work seeks to imagine the discipline, training, and history of architecture “otherwise” through citational practices, queer, Black feminist, and decolonial methodologies, theories, and approaches. She is the co-editor of the special issue Citations for PARSE Journal (September 2023) together with Cathryn Klasto. Her recent writing includes “Pedagogies of Power” (September 2022) and “Rest in Public as Resistance” (July–August 2022) in the Architectural Review; “Out of Line: Erasure and Vulnerability as Sites of Subversion” in Archifutures, Vol. 6 (2020); “Hyper-visible Invisibility: Tracing the Politics, Poetics and Affects of the Unseen”, Field Journal: Becoming a Feminist Architect, Vol. 7 (2017).

IASPIS is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international program for visual and applied arts. It is aimed at artists working in the fields of visual arts, photography, design, crafts, illustration, textile art, and architecture.