Valentina Desideri & Christian Hawkey // Decolonizing Gestures

Week Four at the Naropa Summer Writing Program.

Valentina DesideriIn 1933 the ground-breaking feminist and working physician Charlotte Wolff was arrested and briefly detained by the Nazis for dressing as a man; she fled to London (via Paris) and went on to publish two astonishing studies of chirology and gesture. The seminar is inspired by this radical healer. We will be developing modes of reading and modes of gesturing that expand and inform a writing and healing practice, with healing defined as a process by which we seek to touch or map different scales of different processes.

Valentina Desideri is an Amsterdam-based artist. She trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London (2003–2006) and later on did her MA in Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (2011–13). She does Fake Therapy and Political Therapy, she co-organises Performing Arts Forum in France, she speculates in writing with Prof. Stefano Harney, she engages in Poethical Readings with Prof. Denise Ferreira da Silva, she reads and writes. // Fake Therapy