Yucca – A composition of cadences MFA 2022 Thematic Seminar with Ioanna Gerakidi

Marco says: Yucca Green operates as a collection of words, poems and fragments of diaries, amongst others, written by the MFA students over the period of the thematic seminar led by Ioanna Gerakidi. The texts have been produced as exercises during the classes and operated as reflections and as ways of situating and thinking through the subjects and the materials discussed over each class. “Projecting an absolute ignorance onto others, a characteristic of oppression, negates education and knowledge as processes of inquiry” writes Paolo Freire in the Pedagogy of the Oppressed and his words have been used as axes for collectively thinking, writing and editing the contents produced, whilst navigating ourselves through the limits of identity, the challenges and raptures of writing together, and the reconfiguration of interpersonal and psychosocial dynamics when working with transcriptions, vocal silences, and spaces in between.

“Yucca” unfolded as poster

This publication has been produced on the occasion of a thematic seminar looking at how pedagogical systems, archival methodologies, theories of language and discourses on disorder, and oppression can be used as methodologies for altering our personal and professional decisions. The seminar was part of the thematic seminars led for the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art in 2022.

Self-published in an edition of 100 copies.

Contributions by Gabi Dao, Miriam del Seppia, Oliver Doe, Ifigeneia Ilia Georgiadou, Nadine Ghandour, Helle Lindskog, Gweni Llwyd, Shertise Solano and Abri de Swardt, whose text Riverwork has been selected in response to the themes that the publication touches upon.

Curated and edited by Ioanna Gerakidi and Danny Giles
Copy edited by Aidan Wall
Designed by Alex Brouhard