Artist Adelita Husni-Bey leads a conversation about imagined futures
For the final program in the Practicing Citizenshipseries, artist Adelita Husni-Bey leads a conversation about how to employ futurism as a radical aesthetic and political strategy. For decades, artists in disparate disciplines have employed futurism to depict alternative realities that we might work toward realizing and inhabiting. Husni-Bey employs futurist methods not just to envision but to enact possible futures. Hear from Husni-Bey about her approach to creating imagined futures on her own and, more often, with others.
Adelita Husni-Bey is an artist and pedagogue interested in anarco-collectivism, theater, law and urban studies. She organizes workshops, produces publications, radio broadcasts, archives and exhibition work focused on using non-competitive pedagogical models through the framework of contemporary art. Working with activists, architects, jurists, schoolchildren, spoken word poets, actors, urbanists, physical therapists, athletes, teachers and students across different backgrounds the work focuses on unpacking the complexity of collectivity. To make good what can never be made good: what we owe each other. Recent solo exhibitions include: White Paper: On Land, Law and the Imaginary, Centro de Arte dos de Mayo, Mostoles, A Wave in the Well, Sursock Museum, Beirut, 2016, Movement Break, Kadist foundation, 2015, Playing Truant, Gasworks, 2012. She has participated in Being: New Photography 2018, MoMA, 2018, Dreamlands, Whitney Museum, 2016, The Eighth Climate, 11th Gwangju Biennale, 2015, Really Useful Knowledge, Reina Sofia museum, 2014, Utopia for Sale?,MAXXI museum, 2014 and has held workshops and lectures at ESAD Grenoble, 2016, The New School, 2015, Sandberg Institute, 2015, Museo del 900, 2013, Temple University, 2013, Birkbeck University, 2011 amongst other spaces. She is a 2012 Whitney Independent Study Program fellow, a 2016 Graham Foundation grantee and has represented Italy at the Venice Biennale of Art, 2017 with a video rooted in anti-extractivist struggles.