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Callout | The Practice of Genealogy

Callout | The Practice of Genealogy
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) is pleased to offer the opportunity to attend a multi-part workshop facilitated by Alex Martinis Roe.
The workshop will involve a collective exploration of local histories of feminist and queer kinship in Perth through a series of exercises engaging with the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Western Australia (GALAWA) at Murdoch University and in particular the Lespar Library of Women’s Liberation housed within it. Together, the workshop group will develop storytelling practices that connect their own experiences and kinships with those already in the archive.
The workshop will culminate in a series of short, co-devised propositions/narratives that are filmed and may become part of a film work Alex is developing for her exhibition Kin at PICA in 2021. All contributions to this film work will be edited in consultation with participants and acknowledged appropriately. Full details of these arrangements will be provided and discussed prior to the workshop.

Through these workshops, Martinis Roe invites participants to imagine the archive of the future as a means of facilitating or cementing solidarity and inspiring action.

PICA seeks applications of interest from artists, researchers, activists and anyone with an interest in feminist collective practices and Queer histories/archives.
If you would like to participate, please send an image from your archive and an accompanying short text (in any form) describing your vision of what the archive of the future might look like.
Please send your submissions to by Monday 15 March, 5pm.
Include your image and accompanying text along with contact details and any accessibility requirements.
Attendance is flexible based on individual schedules, but it is preferable that participants can attend at least one Zoom meeting, an individual visit to the archives, and both in-person workshops.

Attendance will be confirmed by Tuesday 16 March.
This workshop is presented on the occasion of the exhibition Kin by Alex Martinis Roe at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts from Friday 22 October 2021 – Sunday 9 January 2022.

Artist and researcher Alex Martinis Roe explores feminist genealogies and seeks to foster specific and productive relationships between different generations as a way of participating in the construction of feminist histories and futures. This involves developing research and storytelling methodologies that employ non-linear understandings of time, respond to the specific practices of different communities, experiment with the set-up of discursive encounters and imagine how these entanglements can inform new political practices.
Alex is a former fellow (2013-2016) of the Graduate School, University of the Arts Berlin and holds a PhD (2011) from Monash University, Melbourne. She is Head of Drawing and Printmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts and was the 2018 recipient of the Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft [Future of Europe Art Prize].