Women have played a vital role in housing struggles across the globe. Activists and community groups will join Martha Rosler to discuss these histories, their relevance to current conditions and feminism’s role in relation to housing movements today.
Open Forum: Housing is a Feminist Issue, Wednesday 22nd of September, 2.00pm to 5pm , Online
Presented in partnership with Living Rent, Scotland’s tenants’ union, this online workshop will explore housing activism as part of feminist struggle, with a focus on creative organising and union-building. Six invited speakers will contribute short presentations on their experiences and research followed by collective feedback and more focused small group discussions.
This workshop forms part of a programme of activities connected to Martha Rosler’s If You Lived Here… (1989 – present) which has been re-imagined as part of the Life Support exhibition. This project prioritises women’s experiences and highlights the central role that women have long played in housing struggles. The book associated with the original exhibition was dedicated to ‘women around the world who organize their buildings and their blocks and their neighborhoods to secure decent conditions for everyone and to maintain a sense of place’.
Following Rosler’s insistence that housing is a feminist issue, we will work together to explore topics including: how to move beyond ‘resilience’ narratives to instead build solidarity and care into organising strategies; the ways in which housings question intersects with racism, migration and legal status; and the relationship between art, gentrification and housing struggles in the 21st century.
Since its founding in 2014, Living Rent has fought for improvements in the daily lives of communities while also impacting policy at a local and national level. The union’s successes continue to build with the recent coalition deal between the SNP and the Scottish Greens featuring vital measures for tenants including promises for a national system of rent controls. This workshop will bring together a range of perspectives, encouraging connections both locally and internationally to unpack the realities of housing struggles and to inform future priorities.
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