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Feminist Health Care Research Group (Inga Zimprich/Julia Bonn)

Venue: 11th Berlin Biennale c/o ExRotaprint

Was also part of: exp. 1 and exp. 2

Feminist Health Care Research Group (Inga Zimprich/Julia Bonn)

Founded 2015 in DE

Inga Zimprich, born 1979 in DE – lives and works in Berlin, DE
Julia Bonn, born 1975 in DE – lives and works in Berlin, DE

The personal has never stopped being political. The Feminist Health Care Research Group (FHCRG) is a collective currently consisting of Inga Zimprich and Julia Bonn, both artists and mothers. Developing out of personal conversations and exchanges around caring for their children, the members of FHCRG engage with contemporary questions of biopolitics and issues of feminist health care. They have done research on radical therapy and feminist healthcare, the West Berlin health movement of the 1970s and 1980s, collective ways of dealing with crisis, mutual care structures, and strategies for repoliticizing healthcare and illness. The exploration of these themes takes place through the development of group methodologies and practices, such as meditative questionnaires, exercises for writing and listening, bodywork, and space for personal exchange. Knowledge is then passed on in the form of zines and workshops.

During exp. 2: Virginia de Medeiros – Feminist Health Care Research Group at ExRotaprint, FHCRG shared its research around the health movement, including documents, collages, and interviews, and created several discussions around the exhibited material. This open-ended, subjective archive compiled by FHCRG highlighted issues such as the fragility of our concept of health and the devaluation of care structures, which have now taken on new urgency during the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of their project, in December 2019, they held the workshop Encountering Each Other in Crisis, which explored what we have learned from recent experiences of destabilization and vulnerability, while introducing methods from the anti-psychiatry and disability-justice movement. During this process, FHCRG visited and talked with members of three Berlin-based initiatives: GLADT e.V., an organization by and for Black and PoC LGBT*I*Q; Space2groW, a support structure for and by migrant women that provides workshops and counseling on reproductive health; and Weglaufhaus, an anti-psychiatric crisis center. These conversations are now presented in the form of a zine, illustrated by artist Tina Kaden, that includes resources for alternative healthcare and exercises from some of their workshops.

Övül Ö. Durmusoglu

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