Partizan Jam at Partisan Cultures
Conceptualized by Paula Barreiro López and Gal Kirn in collaboration with Aziza Harmel
Organized by Kunsthalle Wien in cooperation with Volkstheater Wien
In the midtst of pandemic in May 2020 Free Home together with the Moscow folk-punk Arkadiy Kots Band launched a project/session called it Trans-European Partizan Jam and dedicated it to the ongoing struggles against the old and new forms of xenophobia, nazism, fascism.
In October 2021 Akradiy Kots is presenting their transcultural antifascist battle anthems collection at the conference called Partisan Cultures: Weapons of Mass Creation in Vienna.
This seminar revisits various inspiring experiences—political, artistic, and pedagogical—of partisan struggles of the long twentieth century. Expanding the traditional scope of research on partisan movements to look beyond the antifascist and national liberation struggles of the Second World War, we propose an understanding of these movements as configurative models of radical cultural and political production imbued with an anticolonial and internationalist spirit that operated throughout the long twentieth century and that can be traced to the struggles of today.
Alongside a historical analysis, the Partisan Cultures seminar aims to offer a critical resignification and use of the concepts of the ‘partisan’ and ‘partisanship’, both in the realm of contemporary art as well as in political practice, in light of rising right-wing authoritarianism around the globe.