Panel discussion ‘Complaint Collective: activists against abuse and discrimination in design’

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Panel discussion ‘Complaint Collective: activists against abuse and discrimination in design’

March 8 @ 06:00 - 19:30

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  • Wednesday, March 8, 2022, 6:00 PM CEST
  • Online

With Delphine Bedel (artist, chair of the Foundation Engagement Arts NL, NL), Les Mots de Trop (FR collective aiming to fight against all forms of discrimination within art schools through graphic design), The Racial Justice Student Collective (RJSC, a group organized by and for students, committed to addressing systemic racism within and outside of Swiss universities and the Swiss education system), Naomi Samake (founding member of the RJSC, urbanist, and researcher) and Ana Santos (cultural mediator and art educator who is mainly interested and engaged in issues of inclusion and cultural diversity in Switzerland)

Since December 2020, has published a series of articles called Complaint Collective, which examines abuse and discrimination in design education. As the ever-inspiring feminist author Sara Ahmed highlights, “A collective can be a support system—what we need, who we need, to keep a complaint going.” Her ideas have been and continue to be extremely influential to, and the title Complaint Collective is an homage to her work.

On International Womxn’s Day on March 8, 2022, we will host Complaint Collective: activists against abuse and discrimination in design. This event brings collectives from France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland who are committed to fighting the abuse of power, sexual harassment, systemic racism, and other forms of structural discrimination within art and design institutions.

Racist, misogynist, transphobic and homophobic, ableist, and otherwise discriminatory incidents and practices within art and design education are not isolated, but structural. In this discussion, we will focus on the exchange of experiences, strategies, and tactics to address these systemic issues within and outside of institutions. Furthermore, we will forge alliances and foster the organization of collective initiatives, as—to echo Sara Ahmed’s words—“We sound louder when we are heard together.”


March 8
06:00 - 19:30
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