"Am I Evil?" Peggy Guggenheim Collection Edition
"Am I Evil?" Peggy Guggenheim Collection Edition

Making art for Cocteau was not only a rich intellectual pursuit but also an erotic practice. This is evident in Cocteau’s illustrations for Jean Genet’s 1947 novel, Querelle of Brest, as well as in his own homoerotic novel, Le Livre Blanc (1928), and the illustrations of its second edition published in 1930.

Eroticism, narrated and depicted, is at the core of Am I Evil?, a workshop which aims to uncover power dynamics intrinsic to Western culture through decolonial erotic writing practices.

Am I Evil? Peggy Guggenheim Collection Edition

Curated by Simone Basani with Ubah Cristina Ali Farah.

Can erotic writing become a place for decolonial and feminist exploration? How can we use the tools of erotic writing to uncover the power dynamics implicated in the processes of colonisation, discrimination, nanoracism, marginalization, exoticization, abuse, and seduction?

These questions form the basis of Am I Evil?, a workshop open to writers of all sorts aged 18 or above.
For the duration of the workshop, participants will be in constant dialogue with each other through a peer-to-peer editing methodology which is not limited to “mere” editing but is also an intimate way of communicating through re-writing.

June 3
5 pm

Lecture-introduction (Open to everyone)
@ Palazzo Badoer, Università IUAV Venezia

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June 4–5
10 am–4:30 pm
Workshop (first part)
@ Peggy Guggenheim Collection
June 21
time tbc
online meeting with first feedback
June 24 and 26
10 am–4:30 pm
Workshop (second part)
@ Peggy Guggenheim Collection
June 27
4 pm
Public sharing moment
@ Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Am I Evil? Concept and curatorship: Simone Basani and Alice Ciresola
Am I Evil? writing mentor for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Edition: Ubah Cristina Ali Farah
Dramaturgical assistance for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Edition: Lucio Guarinoni
Co-produced by Peggy Guggenheim Collection and radical_hope
With the support of Università IUAV, Venice
Special thanks to Edoardo Lazzari
Logo design by rien_de_nouveau_ici and Alice Ciresola

To participate, please send a motivational letter by May 24, 2024.

Further information on the workshop and how to participate in the OPEN CALL.

open call

  • The workshop takes place on June 3, 4, 5, and 24, 26, and 27.
  • Participants must guarantee their availability to join every session and presentation of the workshop in person.
  • Participants do not need to have previous professional experience in writing. However, they must be interested in experimenting with (erotic) writing. Participants must also have an active interest in what decolonisation means today and might mean tomorrow, and be willing and open to question themselves and be challenged.
  • The workshop is conducted in Italian. However, each participant can write in the language they prefer.
  • While we recognise that different types of discrimination are deeply embedded in the fabric of European culture, no intentionally discriminatory view will be accepted during the workshop. Am I Evil? is intended primarily as a place to challenge problematic patterns, not to empower them.

Simone Basani (IT/BE) is a curator, dramaturg, and artist. His research focuses on participatory strategies and remembrance processes that have been or could be activated from a decolonial perspective. The main outputs of this research are curatorial, often context-specific formats, through which he invites other practitioners to collaborate.

Ubah Cristina Ali Farah is a writer and poet. She was born in Verona to a Somalian father and an Italian mother. She grew up in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and emigrated with her family due to the civil war in 1991. She lived several years in Hungary, before moving to Rome, Italy. Her first novel, Interamente, was published in 2003 in “El Ghibli,” a journal and important discussion platform dedicated to diaspora and migration literature. Ali Farah collaborates with various newspapers, including Internazionale, la Repubblica, and Giudizio Universale. Her debut novel, Madre piccola, (2007), developed from a short story that won the Lingua madre competition at the Turin International Salon, won the Elio Vittorini prize in 2008.

  • Free / Registration required