fantastic feminist futures / Strandbad Tegelsee / Samstag 23. Juli 18:00 – 20:00

fantastic feminist futures #1 

with Rupali Patil 

Saturday 23. July 18:00 – 20:00
Address: Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung
Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin

Image: Rupali Patil „Pipeline“ 2022

With this artist talk we start the cycle fantastic feminist futures. In the frame of the cycle, we will invite artists who relate to intersectional feminist perspective to introduce their artistic practices. We are interested in bringing to light the processes, the small changes rather than the spectacular leaps, the knowledge of what often remains in the shadows. This close reading of practices happens in the very particular place of Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung: on the one hand remote, in the woods on the lake Tegel, and at once in the middle of the city of Berlin. This gives us the trigger to embrace the artistic practices outside the traditional context of the white cube while connecting and reconnecting to the environment. The presentations will be intertwined with the joint preparation of food, walks or readings, engaging different future orientations.
fantastic feminist futures is started by Nadira Husain, Agnieszka Kilian and Marina Naprushkina.

Rupali Patil’s visual arts practice spans across print-making, drawing, and installations. Her subjects mainly focus on social issues, especially the subject of water and natural mineral crises. In some of her work which relates to the term “Ecofeminism”, she also depicts destitute farmers from areas that became industrialized. Workers who became visual metaphors in her drawings inhabit an imaginary, geographically unspecified world of Patil’s. She also uses cartography and heterotopic landscapes and architecture in her drawing, which looks dangerously completely devoid of human existence. In frame of feminist fantastic future, she will talk about how these previous projects connect to the current idea she has been developing The Coalition of Waters: From geopoetics to geopolitics (and back to poetics). Rupali Patil reaches for this complex and seemingly contradictory hydro-logic: connecting and separating, taking on shapes (surrendering?) and simultaneously giving shape and a peculiar malleability, which uses a certain regime of visibility and invisibility of water. This ambivalent order is supported by knowledge different from that of strict concepts and divisions, as well as different politics.

Rupali Patil (IND) was born and brought up in Pune. She completed her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Bharti Vidyapeeth Pune (2007) and Master’s in Printmaking from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (2011).  Her works were presented at the Biennales such as the 2020 3rd Industrial Art Biennial in Croatia, Ride into the sun, Habit cohabit (Pune Biennale 2017), and Saltwater theory of thought-form (14th Istanbul Biennale 2015). She has also participated in several group exhibitions such as Eros (Parasite, University Museum, and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 2014), Inserts curated by RAQS media collective (IGNCA Delhi), Kamarado (St Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2015), ‘Harbinger of Chaos’ (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary art in Krakow 2016-17), Dreams and dramas law as literature  NGBK Berlin 2017), We the people (Central Slovakian Gallery in Banska Bystrica, 2018), This Rare Earth Artefact (STUK Leuven 2018), and Seeds are being sown (Shrine empire 2020). Also, in 2014, Clark House Initiative in Mumbai hosted her debut Solo exhibition ‘Everybody Drinks but Nobody Cries’. She was one of the members of the Shunya Art Collective. She lives and works in Pune.

Participation in fantastic feminist futures artist’s talk is free of charge, no registration is required.

fantastic feminist futures is a part of the two-year collaborative project Artistic Ecologies: New Compasses, Tools and Alliances conceived in collaboration with WHW, Zagreb, the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, and Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit, Berlin.
Co-funded by European Union and Foundation Between Bridges.