The Company She Keeps / 52 TL
The Company She Keeps by Celine Condorelli, co-published by Book Works and Chisenhale Gallery; 120 pages, 14.7x22cm
‘Perhaps one of my favourite definitions of cultural production is of “making things public”: the process of connecting things, establishing relationships, which in many ways means befriending issues, people, contexts. Friendship in this sense is both a set-up for working and a dimension of production. The line of thought that threads through the following pages is thus that of friendship as a form of solidarity: friends in action.’ — Céline Condorelli in conversation with Nick Aikens, Avery F. Gordon, Johan Frederik Hartle and Polly Staple
Conversations weave through the work of Céline Condorelli, whether in the sculptural structures of her artwork, through the writing and discourse that is embedded in her work, or in the practice of support that frames her activities. Here, five conversations with friends explore working together, the politics of the company one chooses to keep, and friendship between both people and with ideas. Condorelli’s starting point is a conversation with philosopher Johan Frederik Hartle, raising questions of why the philosophical discourse on friendship is exclusively by, and only about, men? Following this, the three part conversation with sociologist Avery F. Gordon explores the possibilities opened up by this exclusion, lead by slaves, migrants, women and pirates, to what it means to make common cause and live ‘as if free to determine one’s own terms of living’.