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 Wendy Hui Kyong Chun & Sarah Friedland, Maya Indira Ganesh, Laurel Kendall, Seong Nae Kim, Angela Melitopoulos, Soraya Murray, Outi Pieski & Eeva-Kristiina Harlin, Djamila Ribeiro, 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.