A film installation by Berlin-based artist Alex Martinis Roe that stems from her ongoing engagement with international feminist communities and their political practices. Across six films To Become Two traces the story of six different, yet connected, histories of feminist groups from the 1970s to the present who have built communities in Europe and Australia.
At The Showroom, the project evolves further with a programme of events and workshops led by Martinis Roe to extend on propositions for feminist collective practices according to the needs, desires and contexts of those who participate.
To Become Two is co-commissioned by ar/ge kunst (Bolzano); Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, (Utrecht); If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam) and The Showroom (London). The accompanying workshops and performances are co-commissioned by the Keir Foundation. The project was produced with the support of the Graduiertenschule der Universität der Künste Berlin and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, and its arts funding and advisory body.
The project will be presented by Badischer Kunstverein (Karlsruhe) 8 September – 26 November 2017.
Exhibition design in collaboration with Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga. Poster series in collaboration with Chiara Figone. To Become Two has been produced with the support of curator Susan Gibb.
The films have been produced with additional support from Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney); BAR Project (Barcelona); Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory (Utrecht); and If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam).
Additional support for the project’s development comes from The Blank Residency (Bergamo); Centre Intermondes (La Rochelle); Cross Art Projects (Sydney); Gender Studies, Utrecht University (Utrecht); and Viafarini-in-Residence (Milan).
A publication To Become Two, published by Archive Books, will be published during the exhibition at The Showroom.
With thanks to Ismail Ali: Project ALCHEMY, Mercedes Vilardell, Paddington Development Trust, St Paul's Church and Community Centre, Chisenhale Gallery, Gasworks, Lisson Gallery and Matt’s Gallery for exhibition support at The Showroom.