In her solo presentation at PICA, Alex Martinis Roe sets out to explore feminist, lesbian and queer kinship structures via a non-linear genealogy of the artist’s own kin (and their kin). Taking as a starting point the Lespar Library of Women’s Liberation, initiated in 1979 by Karin Hoffman, Martinis Roe’s project traverses queer and feminist histories across Australia, to situate these connections as a rhizomatic genealogy of political family, a network of biological and non-biological kin. Drawing from GALAWA’s archival materials alongside video and installation, Martinis Roe’s project functions as a history of the complex relationship between women’s and gay liberation in Australia, while exploring the lived reality of its legacy in the present.
Martinis Roe’s research-driven practice is fundamentally concerned with relations between people. Through various methods including participant observation, oral history, workshops, and archival research, recent projects have explored intergenerational genealogies of feminist collective politics and networks in Australia and Europe where, from 2009 until 2017, she lived and worked in Berlin.