Book release of "Red Love: A Reader on Alexandra Kollontai"

Date and time
26 February 2020 at 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Type of event
Place and route

LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Look at a map)
Underground station: Telefonplan

CuratorLab at Konstfack together with Tensta konsthall and Sternberg Press present a book release of "Red Love: A Reader on Alexandra Kollontai" with Petra Bauer, Maria Lind, Michele Masucci, Agneta Pleijel, Joanna Warsza, and others.

Alexandra Kollontai was a writer, a revolutionary, and after the 1917 October revolution the people’s commissar of social welfare and one of the first female ambassadors in the world. She worked to introduce crucial reforms for women’s liberation: such as abortion rights, secularized marriage, and for paid maternity leave; and considered “comradely love” to be a political force. Red Love is the reader devoted to her legacy stemming from research by CuratorLab at Konstfack University in Stockholm and Tensta konsthall, accompanying Dora García’s exhibition in 2018. We will present this historical figure and ask how to read Kollontai’s vision of love today and relate it to current feminist struggles.

Edited by Maria Lind, Michele Masucci, Joanna Warsza with CuratorLab 2017/2018 participants: Aly Grimes, Malin Hüber, Nicholas John Jones, Martyna Nowicka-Wojnowska, Alessandra Prandin, Dimitrina Sevova, Sophia Tabatadze, Federico Del Vecchio, and Hannah Zafiropoulos

Contributions by Bini Adamczak, Sara Ahmed, Giulia Andreani, Lise Haller Baggesen, Petra Bauer & Rebecka Thor, Dora García, Michael Hardt, Pontus Pettersson, Jonathan Brooks Platt, Agneta Pleijel, Nina Power, Paul B. Preciado, Alla Mitrofanova, Martyna Nowicka-Wojnowska, Michele Masucci, Maria Lind, Aaron Schuster, Oxana Timofeeva, Mohammad Salemy, Sally Schonfeldt, Sophia Tabatadze, Tomas Rafa, Alicja Rogalska, Joanna Warsza, and Hannah Zafiropoulos

The play Kollontai (1977) by Agneta Pleijel, for the first time in English.

Design by Jiri Novak. Published by Sternberg Press, Konstfack Collection and Tensta konsthall, 2020.

Next book launch: Berlin, Cabinet, 12 March 2020, 19:00.