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To Become Two: Propositions for Feminist Collective Practice

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Berlin-based artist Alex Martinis Roe (b. 1982) researched the genealogy of political practice among different feminist movements from the 1970s to the present in Europe and Australia to create To Become Two, a multi-faceted history project that includes both a six-element film installation and this accompanying exhibition catalog/reader.

Using participant observation, oral history interviewing and archival research, Martinis Roe aims to engender new and contemporary ways to practice feminist politics and theory. Twenty women artists, writers, curators, and feminist activists also collaborated with Martinis Roe to produce the research creating this project.

Drawing from their practices and experiences, Martinis Roe’s research forms a proposal for a transgenerational approach to feminist politics. To Become Two is a practical handbook of twenty new propositions for feminist collective practices.

Contributors include Alejandra Avilés, Cécile Bally, Vasso Belia, Elena Betros, Federica Bueti, Åsa Elzén, Svenja Engels, Lucia Farinati, Julia Gorostidi, Janneke Koers, Fotini Lazaridou- Hatzigoga, Deborah Ligorio, Sara Paiola, Helena Pérez, Helena Reckitt, Alex Martinis Roe, Juliette Sanchez-Lambert, Valerie Terwei, Veronica Valentini, Lea von Wintzingerode, Evelyn Wan and Lindsay Grace Weber.

Feminist collectives included are the Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective; Psychanalyse et Politique, Paris; and Gender Studies (formerly Women’s Studies) at Utrecht University; a network in Sydney including people involved in the Sydney Filmmakers Co-operative, Feminist Film Workers, Working Papers Collective, and the Department of General Philosophy at Sydney University; and Duoda – Women’s Research Centre and Ca la Dona, a women’s documentation centre and encounter space in Barcelona. 

Edited by Alex Martinis Roe

Published by Archive Books, 2017

Softcover, 144 pages, 4.75 × 8 inches

ISBN: 978-3-943620-58-0