Feminist Health Care Research Group (Julia Bonn and Inga Zimprich)
Established in 2015, Berlin, Germany
Feminist Health Care Research Group currently consists of the artist, body worker and mother Julia Bonn (b. 1975) and artist, curator and mother Inga Zimprich (b. 1979). Their work is dedicated to generating artistic and self-empowering, emancipatory approaches to healthcare.
As an artistic research project, the Feminist Health Care Research Group documents its questions and findings in self-published zines, posters and exhibitions. These zines – and the archival, historical material in their ever-growing research library – will form the basis for a series of displays to be activated during a feminist health workshop. Indeed, the work of the Feminist Health Care Research Group is not primarily archival, but rather has an activist approach to the context of the art world and cultural labour. Their installations and workshops aim to create a space in which to share vulnerability, to acknowledge and respond to access and other needs, and to interrogate the internalised, ableist paradigms of the body and psyche that determine our understanding of productivity in the art field.
Radical Health Care: Materials, Methods and Activation, 2018–ongoing
Installation and poster, dimensions variable
Co-produced by Bergen Assembly 2019
Through zines, collaged materials, posters and workshops, the Feminist Health Care Research Group activate and actualise the ideas and methods of the alternative health care movement in West Berlin of the late 1970s and early 1980s through their installation Radical Health Care: Materials, Methods and Activation. Existing between the emancipatory politics of feminism and the self-organisation of the squatting movement, the alternative health movement created radical, self-empowering and collective approaches towards one’s body and health, including reproductive health. The artists ask how we can archive, recapture and employ the strategies and tactics developed then, in our times and for our purposes.