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Preparing for the Athens Pride at the Office of Hydrocommons

June 9, 2023 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

“The Office of Hydrocommons” is a program and exhibition curated by Eleni Riga at ATOPOS cvc

The evening will start with the input of Margarita Tsomou, professor of contemporary theater, curator at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) in Berlin, and founder of the pop feminist magazine Missy Magazine on “planetary feminism.” Tsomou focuses on the intersections of gender, ecology, and colonial extractivism, actualizing eco-feminist positions for planetary politics. Currently, she is working on articulating “planetary feminisms”: along with Iranian, Kurdish, and Latin American feminists, she writes, advocates, and curates around feminist positions that frame the feminist project “beyond equality” as a method for structural political change and decolonization. Her next upcoming curatorial work is the transnational feminist summit Beyond Equality: Feminisms Reclaiming Life. An Internationalist Gathering.

Followed by a screening of the excerpts from the film Transindigenous Assembly by the indigenous Mari artist and founder of Avtonomi Akadimia, Joulia Strauss. This punk documentary is about the frontline water struggles of queer aboriginal and indigenous artists and their inventions of the “good life,” a life worth living at the receiving end of the empire’s wealth. The protagonists of the film are teachers at the Avtonomi Akadimia – where their knowledges of overcoming solastalgia, inventions of environmental grief, or practices of grounding, are esteemed above all knowledges – and therefore weave transindigenous epistemologies together with the Athenian ecofeminism. Joulia Strauss plays a reconstruction of an ancient Greek lyre, as she trains to earn her fourth stripe in Việt Võ Đạo Kung Fu, and gets involved in the plans to let loose Kifissos – the subterranean river that flows under the lush cypresses and olive trees of the Akadimia Platonos jungle.

The evening will round up with a discussion between Margarita Tsomou, Joulia Strauss, and Eleni Riga on their respective practices and the interdependent issues of women, gay, queer, and indigenous people in the broader context of ecofeminism, which is the focus of the overall curatorial program of The Office of Hydrocommons.

The event will take place in the framework of Athens Pride.

The event will be held in English.

Reservation is required. More information: https://atopos.gr


June 9, 2023
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm


72 Salaminos, Metaxourgeio, 104 35 Athens