13th Gwangju Biennale — Minds Rising Spirits Tuning

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Stronger than Bone

Understanding the wisdoms possessed and disseminated through female networks of solidarity is a vivid and urgent need, as we attempt to chart futures that sustain gender justice and ethical coexistence on a breathing planet. The reader Stronger than Bone reveals various strands of our inquiry into these issues and engages wide-ranging topics, including the following: robotics and techno feminism; healing practices; sexual freedom and sexual violence; matriarchal cultures and shamanic deities; the gendered dimensions of self-optimization, digital identity and gaming culture; how the trauma of state violence is passed to future generations; and race, repatriation and ecological violence in the Global South, among others. Key historical texts, archival finds, poetry and new commissions by a range of activists, theorists, philosophers and writers grapple with how gender politics might be reconfigured in a world being transformed by automation, planetary toxicity and nationalist ideologies. Contributors include: Gloria Anzaldúa; Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and Sarah Friedland; Maya Indira Ganesh; Eeva-Kristiina Harlin and Čiske-Jovsset Biret Hánsa Outi/Outi Pieski; Kim Hye-Soon; Laurel Kendall; Seong Nae Kim; Sharon Heijin Lee; Soraya Murray; Esha Pillay and Quishile Charan; Djamila Ribeiro; Tamarra and Brigitta Isabella; Oxana Timofeeva; and Cecilia Vicuña: among others. Co-published with Archive Books, Berlin. Edited by Defne Ayas, Natasha Ginwala and Jill Winder. The Korean version of the reader will be available as NOON #8, the journal of Gwangju Biennale Foundation.