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In the second chapter of the series, writer and art critic Elisabeth Lebovici will discuss the collective struggles in relationship to art and activism during the AIDS era, addressed in her book ‘Ce que le sida m'a fait. Art et Activisme à la fin du XXe siècle’ [What AIDS has done to me. Art and Activism at the end of the 20th C.]. Curator Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez will speak about her research into collective activist and artistic practices in the second wave of French feminism, that culminated in the exhibition ‘Defiant Muses: Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France (1970s-1980s)’, currently on show at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.

19:30 – 21:00
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

The museum is free of charge from 17:00-21:00 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7,50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75


This series of lectures aims to bring women together, to re-generate and re-perform the original concept of ‘the gossip’ as a support structure for women’s ideas, thinking processes and exchanges. It also wishes to collectivise feminisms discourses and create a platform through which there can be new utterances to counteract and address anew all the words used to define and degrade women -Silvia Federici- and deconstruct and unfold them. Federici is an Italian-American scholar, teacher, and activist from the radical autonomist feminist Marxist tradition. Moreover, it aims to offer an open dialogue with its audiences, through real life case studies and sharing of non-linear knowledges, breaking epistemic injustices; knowledges that wish to operate contrary to sexist rhetorics and patriarchal ways that we witness in culture and society, by way of practicing and being otherwise, as a cultural workers and women. Aspects of theory that we will touch upon through the feminist perspective for this series are: labour, reproduction, intersectionality, activism a.o. The series is curated by iLiana Fokianaki.

Thursday Bite 

Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will serve a light vegetarian meal. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7.70 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link.

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Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.