Laressa Dickey, contributor to Bergen Assembly, is an artist living in Sweden; and an accidental activist since 2017. Whether through text, movement, or daily life, her research focuses on presence, empathetic imagination, and embodied performance. She is currently writing a series of texts with Magdalena Freudenschuss on the politics of care. Together with Ali Gharavi, she is creating an installation work for the Bergen Assembly about their experiences inside/outside the Turkish prison system.
Introduction Days, 6.4.2019
re:assembling emotional labour (presentation and Q&A, 30’)
re:assembling emotional labour is a process of re:appropriation and exploration of emotions and emotional labour in the context of political imprisonment. Laressa Dickey and Magdalena Freudenschuss re:work their experiences during 2017 as partners of political prisoners, as part of Bergen Assembly. Re:assembling goes along with dis:assembling; the dis:assembly intended by state violence is subverted by producing images of humour, strength, and togetherness, within the frame of the photoautomat. By means of text production, this re:assembling process follows the depths and heights of resilience, resistance, and trauma. Feminist perspectives are tool, motivation, and reference on that path.