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Lauryn Youden: Virtual Reading and Artist Talk

Saturday, March 9 | 11:00 AM

Lauryn Youden: Virtual Reading and Artist Talk

Caption: Detail from Lauryn Youden, Lockdown 2020, 2023. Photo: Timo Ohler. Courtesy of Lauryn Youden. 41 3/8 x 27 1/2 inches

Lauryn Youden: Virtual Reading and Artist Talk

Saturday, March 9th, 2024 at 11:00 AM CT (USA)

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Join us for a reading and artist talk with artist Lauryn Youden. Youden will read live on zoom from her original text The More I Listen To My Body, The More I Hear It Screaming. The reading will be followed by a conversation with Curator Zoe Cinel and a Q&A with the audience. 

About the reading: 

The More I Listen To My Body, The More I Hear It Screaming was written the winter Lauryn Youden went through the final processes of receiving her diagnosis of fibromyalgia. It is an auto-theoretical text depicting her experiences during this process and examining the socio-cultural surroundings of receiving a diagnosis and having fibromyalgia. Informed by Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and its Metaphor as well as by the Crip meme community on Instagram, the text includes a stream-of-consciousness listing of her desires, fears, and others' ableist biases and ignorances—beginning with «I don’t ask for help because….,» explaining with each sentence how a space for support, help, and care can be inaccessible due to ableism, capitalism, and misogyny. Also included in this text is an exploration of one of fibromyalgia’s claimed causes, childhood trauma, and the Iavnana, a Georgian pagan lullaby for sick children. This text includes two versions of the Iavana, to be played at the beginning and end of each reading.

About the artist: 

Lauryn Youden (b. 1989, Canada) is a poet, performance and installation artist based in Berlin, Germany. Her practice derives from her research in and navigation through the medical industrial complex / colonial medicine, ‘alternative’ healing practices and traditional medicine for the treatment of her chronic illnesses and disabilities. By publicly presenting her personal experiences and re-evaluations of history, her work illuminates and advocates for repressed, marginalized and forgotten forms of radical care and Crip knowledge.

In 2016 Youden was awarded the Berlin Art Prize. She has since been awarded residences at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE) in 2020, Rupert, Vilnius (LT) in 2021 and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (UK) with Sickness Affinity Group SAG) in 2021. She has performed and exhibited internationally at institutions including (selection): Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL), Museion Bolzano (IT), Tabakalera, San Sebastian (ES), Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (CH), Frye Art Museum, Seattle (US), Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis (USA), 11th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (DE), Manifesta 12, Palermo (IT), Shedhalle, Zurich (CH), Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (DE), Volksbühne, Berlin (DE), Musik Installationen Nürnberg (DE) and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE). This year her works are included in exhibitions and events at Migros Museum, Zurich (CH), Open Forum, Berlin (DE), E-WERK Luckenwalde (DE), Kunsthalle Zurich (CH) and Pogo Bar – KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (DE). 

About the exhibition: 

Chronicles of the Chronic is a group exhibition that celebrates the creativity and resilience of the chronically ill community by featuring regional, national and international artists whose artistic practice reflects holistically upon the experience of living with a chronic health condition. Curator: Zoe Cinel

Through in-person and virtual programs, the exhibition brings together artists and healthcare professionals to share perspectives and build a stronger community that moves beyond unsustainable binary ideas of illness and wellness. Click here to learn more and sign up for exhibition-related free events. The exhibition is open until March 31, 2024 in the Main Gallery West.

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