Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė
Live in Athens, Greece and Basel, Switzerland
YGRG 159: SULK, 2018
Young Girl Reading Group is a project initiated by Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė in 2013. Growing out of a weekly nomadic event, YGRG was formed in order to read aloud, to share text collectively as an alternative to solitary reading, and to consider what constitutes a voice in today’s world of social media influencer culture and all-encompassing capital. YGRG is a performative framework, investigating the act of reading as an intimate experience and holding the potentiality to become public performance through the “outlouding” of words. With their new piece YGRG 159: SULK, Gawęda and Kulbokaitė create a fictive, mediated sci-fi like environment that builds on the historical space of the boudoir that is re-formatted for the purpose of creating queer intimacy. Readers are placed in casual lounging positions, bringing to mind bodies hanging out in bedrooms. What’s produced is a sense of girl-on-the-Internet catharsis as feminist theory rubs against "girlish" reading practices, signaling a move towards de-institutionalizing the texts YGRG works with. Here, meaning is growing out of reading and extending to the non-organic world through smell, vision, and touch.
YGRG14X: reading with the single hand V, 2018, Solo show and performance, Cell Project Space, London, 2018