Reading On Voice | Nadine Ghandour & Agata Sznurkowska


Reading On Voice | with Nadine Ghandour & Agata Sznurkowska

Image Nadine Ghandour & Agata Sznurkowska
Image Nadine Ghandour & Agata Sznurkowska

7 – 8 pm CEST

We read together in person at:
SEA Foundation, Tivolistraat 22, Tilburg

This reading group event is part
of SEA Foundations’ longer-term
research of art and sustainability
fold #11 on Voice

The event is free of charge,
organised by artists and volunteers
of the SEA Foundation.

Moderated by Michaela Davidova


The first reading the in fold #11 on Voice will be led by artists Nadine Ghandour & Agata Sznurkowska. Their proposal is to delve into a portion of Jeff Dolven’s text Take Care and its companion; Sally O’Reilly’s text The Ambivalents. These books respond to the 1986 catalogue for Braintree Scientific, an American company that manufactures lab products used in experiments on rats and mice. With the collective reading, the artists want to reflect on an industry they are intuitively suspicious towards but yet the public knowledge about its workings is very limited.

“It feels like a moment in time which marks the linguistic and visual strategies these institutions deployed to build their image, surprisingly using a language of care.” (from the proposal of Nadine Ghandour & Agata Sznurkowska, 2024)

The theme of voice strongly resonates with a recently launched project series titled ‘Paracetamol Zero’, where the artists investigate literature and publishing surrounding topics of medicine, healthcare, and pharmaceutical industry. ‘Paracetamol Zero’ is a prescription that requires no specialist knowledge, an ode to reddit, quora and all the other self diagnosis communities, where you find kindness, generosity and judgement. This project is an attempt to demystify the medical field, and also an effort to bridge the gap with their parents who have a background in medicine, revisiting memories of its jargon, diagnosis and tales of woe passed on dinner tables.

Jeff Dolven and Sally O’Reilly

Critic and poet Jeff Dolven and writer, critic, teacher and editor Sally O’Reilly were invited to respond to the prompt of 1986 catalogue of Braintree Scientific which was revealed to them only a day in advance. Both writers were set up in different locations where they commenced and finished their writings within 24 hours. The project was part of the ’24-hour project’ set up by a non-profit art and culture organisation and a publisher Cabinet.

Nadine Ghandour

Nadine Ghandour (b. 1993, United Arab Emirates) is an artist whose practice alternates between drawing , writing and sculpture. She holds an MFA from Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Nadine’s work presents stories of unstable architecture, shapeshifting surroundings and buildings that trap its inhabitants. She is interested in ways we experience architecture within cities that develop at hyper speeds, and how this affects the psyche of its inhabitants. She creates fictional characters, imagines spaces with bizarre lighting conditions, and immerses herself in absurd realities.
Adjacent to her practice, she works in libraries and archives. She was Library and Research Manager at Jameel Library in Dubai, and Archive Chef at PrintRoom Rotterdam.

Nadine Ghandour website

Agata Sznurkowka

Agata Sznurkowska was born in Gdańsk, Poland, and recently graduated from Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. A bad sleeper, yet a good dreamer— she is interested in facts, fun and a combination of these. These identities become crystalised in her installations, objects, sounds and moving image works. Through her practice, Agata aims to navigate the absurdities of globalized, late capitalist reality, exploring the contrast between internalized suspicion towards positivity and the urge for hope and resolution. Employing a combination of analog and digital image making methods, she seeks to relate to the outside world departing from the innate desire for warmth while maintaining critical distance.

Agata Sznurkowska website

The programme of reading sessions:

31.10.2024 reading with Janneke van der Putten
26.09.2024 reading with Adele Dipasquale
in fold #11 on Voice

30.05.2024 reading with Tom Viaene, Arnout and Michiel De Cleene
26.04.2024 reading with Angela Serino and Maja Bekan
28.03.2024 reading with Curated Suitcase
in fold #10 on Responsibility

22.02.2024 reading with Lotta Petronella
25.01.2024 reading with Eva van Ooijen
30.11.2023 reading with Danae Theodoridou ft. Fontys Akademy of the Arts
in fold #09 on Empowerment

26.10.2023 reading with Barbora Trnková ft. Vašulka Kitchen
28.09.2023 reading with Pam Virada
in fold #08 on Spirit

22.06.2023 reading with Golnar Abbasi
25.05.2023 reading with Charlotte Jarvis
in fold #07 on Solidarity

30.03.2023 reading with Doris Hardeman
23.02.2023 reading with Risk Hazekamp
26.01.2023 reading with Gladys Zeevaarders
in fold #06 on Reimagining

27.10.2022 reading with Anna Zvyagintseva
05.10.2022 reading with Jun Zhang
25.08.2022 reading with Christopher van Ginhoven Rey
in fold #05
on Awakening

02.12.2021 reading with Laura Castro
18.11.2021 reading with Sophia Holst

16.09.2021 reading with Amy Franceschini
in fold #02 on Commons

08.07.2021 reading with Sheng-Wen Lo
17.06.2021 reading with Katarina Jazbec
20.05.2021 reading with Mari Kesi-Korsu
in fold #01 on Empathy

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