10 September: Love Doesn’t Pay the Bill. A conversation about values and economies in publishing as artistic practice

with Yin Yin Wong, Riet Wijnen and Falke Pisano

Yin Yin Wong ︎︎︎
Riet Wijnen ︎︎︎

Love Doesn’t Pay the Bill.
A conversation about values and economies in publishing as artistic practice

with Yin Yin Wong, Riet Wijnen and Falke Pisano

10 September 2022, 15:00-17:00
M HKA 6th floor

As we move from summer to autumn, the yearlong programme Where Should We Begin? does so as well. On the 10th of September, we invite you to join a series of short presentations, followed by a discussion, about the values and productive frictions in publishing as (part of) artistic practice.

During this event Yin Yin Wong, Riet Wijnen and Falke Pisano will share their experiences with publishing and introduce current intersections through two collaborative projects: Wong and Pisano are developing a publishing methodology as a part of Where should we begin? and Wijnen and Pisano are working on the children’s book Love Doesn’t Pay the Bill, based on the International Wages for Housework Campaign (a historical grassroots women's network campaigning for recognition and payment for all caring work founded in 1972). This book is made in collaboration with Simnikiwe Buhlungu and David Bennewith amongst others.

Wong, Wijnen and Pisano will speak about their different roles in the projects and about how they themselves view issues such as complexity and accessibility, editing and multiplicity and the different economies from production to distribution. They will also share how these considerations are reflected in the use of visual and spatial methods of editing, structuring and working with material.

Riet Wijnen, Yin Yin Wong, Falke Pisano, all photos this page: ChunYao Lin

Yin Yin Wong is an artist, designer and researcher. They deal with questions surrounding ownership, agency, circulation and dissemination of visual culture in relation to the public space and public sphere. Interested in graphic design’s potential to be distributed widely; beyond museum walls, into public space, or even into homes, Wong challenges specific models or paradigms that operate on modes of exclusion within the arts and the distribution of (visual) culture and practices this through site specific installation, (social) sculpture, public intervention and publishing.

Wong was the director of Publication  Studio Rotterdam from 2015 to 2021 and is currently a participant at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht.

Riet Wijnen is an artist whose practice involves sculpture, photograms, working through texts, woodcuts and more recently, type design. She is interested in incomplete histories of abstraction, and what and who are already there in ways we might not yet know. Wijnen looks to elders, hosts practitioners from the past and present within her work who have been active in the field of art during early modernism, or in science, philosophy, education and activism. Bringing them together through fictional conversations and sculptures to reconsider histories and better understand what comes next, Wijnen centers perception, language and organizational structures.

This research comes together in the cycle Sixteen Conversations on Abstraction (2015) and publications related to language and biographies of female modernists that provide sources for her practice while functioning independently, such as Saloua Raouda Choucair (2022), Homophone Dictionary (2019), Grace Crowley (2019), Abstraction Création: Art non-figuratif (reprint and translation) (2014) and Marlow Moss (2013).