Adelita Husni-Bey

Artist, Italy / USA

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Adelita Husni-Bey is an artist and pedagogue interested in anarco-collectivist education, 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 work includes After the Finish Line (2015), a workshop based film produced with a group of teen athletes to explore the roots of competition, and its pathologising effects in neoliberal societies, and Postcards from the Desert Island (2011), where a group of 7-11 year olds invent a new world in their school hall, coming to grips with waves of migration, conflict, the prison system and how to govern themselves. 

Adelita has shown her work widely in international contexts such as the Whitney Museum New York, the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid and the Maxxi National Arts museum in Rome. She 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 is currently representing Italy at the Venice Biennale of Art, 2017 with a video rooted in anti-extractivist struggles.

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