ADELITA HUSNI-BEY (Italy, 1985) is an artist and researcher whose practice involves the analysis and counter-representation of hegemonic ideologies in contemporary Western societies. Recent projects have also focused on re-thinking radical pedagogical models. Solo shows include: White Paper: The Land, Beirut (in Cairo), 2014, Playing Truant, Gasworks, 2012, The Green Mountain, ViaFarini/DOCVA, 2010. She has participated in Really Useful Knowledge, Reina Sofia museum, 2014, Utopia for Sale?, MAXXI museum, 2014, Jens, Hordeland Kunstsenter, 2013, Meeting Points 7, MuKHa, 2013, 0 Degree Performance, Moscow Biennial 2013, Mental Furniture Industry, Flattime House, 2013, TRACK, S.M.A.K museum, 2012, Right to Refusal, 2012, Bregenz Kunstverein.
Adelita Husni-Bey + Authoring Action
Stargazing invites us to a performance where we hear the next generation imagine possible futures in outer space.
Adelita Husni works with Authoring Action and its teen writers to collectively propel their voices forward. The vehicle is stargazing and science fiction. The question posed is what the future of space travel and its privatization portends for our future lives here on earth.
During an intensive residency period, Husni-Bey and Authoring Action teens develop writing, spoken-word, and this performance. They begin with a stargazing visit to Guilford Technology Community College’s observatory where they immerse themselves in the constellations above. A series of discussions about social science fiction in literature and film invite them to explore personal experience of conflict. Authoring Action teens, guided by Husni-Bey author new works that will be performed at the opening and become part of a film.
Authoring Action is a nonprofit arts and education outreach organization dedicated to developing young people as authors and articulate advocates for social change. Through their youth programs, serving teens ages 14 through 21, participants engage learning in a nurturing, nontraditional and safe environment, enhance self awareness, understanding and esteem, build personal and social responsibility and leadership, foster creativity and enhanced communication skills and promote cross-cultural understanding and exchange.
(The Stargazing performance by Authoring Action took place at the opening of Collective Actions, January 22, 2015. The artist's installation and film are on view throughout the exhibition.)
See press about the opening here.