The Council, militancy and mourning: Conversation and collective writing exercise with artist and pedagogue Adelita Husni-Bey and writer Amalle Dublon


Artist and pedagogue Adelita Husni-Bey and writer Amalle Dublon lead a conversation and collective writing exercise over Zoom

In the context of an ongoing pandemic and upheaval, artist and pedagogue Adeilta Husni-Bey and writer Amalle Dublon will reflect on the meaning of her artwork, The Council, in MCA Denver’s exhibition Citizenship: A Practice of Society, addressing it initially through Douglas Crimp’s seminal 1989 essay “Mourning and Militancy.” During this program Adelita and Amalle will collaborate on a short speculative fiction text, arrived at through an online adaptation of the exquisite corpse technique. They will invite participants to join us in writing collectively and speculatively about citizenship, militancy and grief.

This program will take place via Zoom. In order to protect the privacy of the attendants, we will not be making this program available to watch on-demand.


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.


Amalle Dublon received a PhD in Literature from Duke University, where their dissertation brought questions of sound and aurality to bear on queer and feminist thought. Amalle's writing has appeared in  Artpapers, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies , and TDR: The Drama Review, among other publications. They helped to organize I Wanna Be with You Everywhere, a gathering of disabled artists and writers at Performance Space and the Whitney Museum, in 2019. Amalle teaches at the New School.

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