STEAL BOOKS NEW LIBRARIES
2021. riso print installation
group show. with Beau W Beakhouse.
The Mobile Feminist Library: In Words, In Action, In Connection, MOSTYN, Llandudno
3 July - 19 September 2021
In Words, In Action, In Connection is a display of publications and printed materials that explores historical and contemporary intersectional feminist activism in Wales. Brought together by artists Minna Haukka and Kristin Luke, whose collaborative practice stems from their ongoing project, the Mobile Feminist Library, a travelling collection of printed materials that responds to its locality, this display takes the form of an experimental reading room. Haukka and Luke have collaborated with artists, activists, collectives and publishers to develop a collection which is relevant to Wales and contains both historical and contemporary publications and printed materials sourced from Wales-based archives as well as the London-based Feminist Library.
In Words, In Action, In Connection considers different activist movements at the intersection of class, disability, ecology, gender, language, neurodivergence, race and sexuality, taking these as inherent considerations of any feminism. The materials are locally relevant to Wales, whilst acknowledging that these movements extend beyond geographical borders. The display examines ways in which publishing and printed materials intersect with and strengthen activist movements, and uses counter-patriarchal methods of archiving and knowledge sharing. The space acts not only as a library, but as a place for gathering and communal learning.
Collaborators include: Beau W Beakhouse and Sadia Pineda Hameed, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Casey Duijndam and Robyn Dewhurst, Elwy Working Woods, the Feminist Library, Rebecca Jagoe, mwnwgl, Patriarchaeth.
With the installation STEAL BOOKS NEW LIBRARIES, Beau W Beakhouse and Sadia Pineda Hameed invited visitors to take prints from the wall and out of the exhibiting space, problematising the ways in which radical archives and reading rooms exist within the institution.
Images: Mark Blower