Books and Edited Volumes

Writing this book began in mid-March just after the WHO had officially declared Covid-19 a and it was published on May 5, the very day World Health official end of pandemic. Yet, pandemics do not end. Pandemic effects are lasting, and they continue to change bodies and minds. They are inside bodies, minds, and imaginaries. Pandemic effects have largely impacted on care and produced new forms of care exhaustion and care violence. Pandemic thinking and pandemic memory work are crucial to understanding what it means to be living with a planet that has been infected and wounded by capitalist-colonial-imperial-patriarchal violence. Feminist pandemic thinking builds imaginaries and insists on policies for recovery.

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»We must declare war on the virus,« stated UN chief António Guterres on March 13, 2020, just two days after the WHO had characterized the outbreak of the novel Covid-19 virus as a pandemic. Elke Krasny introduces feminist worry in order then to develop a feminist cultural theory on pandemic frontline ontologies, which give rise to militarized care essentialism and forced heroism. Feminist hope is gained through the attentive reading of feminist recovery plans and their novel care feminism, with the latter’s insistence that recovery from patriarchy is possible.

»Wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary, this book is an important critical reflection on the militaristic language that frames public imaginaries of care in times of global health emergency.«
— Athena Athanasiou, professor of Social Anthropology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece, and author of ›Agonistic Mourning: Political Dissidence and the Women in Black‹

 »Living with an Infected Planet provides an astute analysis of the politics of the Covid-19 pandemic and the language through which it was framed. Elke Krasny reminds us that it matters what metaphors we invest in to give meaning to our worlds.«
Emma Dowling, author of ›The Care Crisis ‒ What Caused It and How Can We End It?‹

»Balancing feminist worry and hope, Elke Krasny’s rich book leaves the reader with a call for action as much as self-reflection on the Covid-19 pandemic as a crisis of care.«
Henriette Steiner, associate professor, Copenhagen University, Denmark, and co-author of ›Touch in the Time of Corona Reflections on Love, Care, and Vulnerability in the Pandemic‹

»I was deeply moved by this thoughtful book’s trajectory from ›feminist worry‹ about the ubiquitous war metaphors to describe the pandemic to ›feminist hope‹ for a genuinely transformative recovery imagined as a new care feminism.«
Joan Tronto, professor emerita of Political Science, University of Minnesota, USA


230 Seiten
ISBN: 978-3-8376-5915-3


Yasmeen Lari. Architecture for the Future
edited by Angelika Fitz, Elke Krasny, Marvi Mazhar
and Architekturzentrum Wien
MIT Press 2023

A rich exploration of the extraordinary life and work of celebrated architect Yasmeen Lari, winner of the 2023 RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

After more than three decades as a renowned global architect, Yasmeen Lari, the first woman to open her own architecture firm in Pakistan in 1964, developed Zero Carbon Architecture, which unites ecological and social justice. This volume, edited by Angelika Fitz, Elke Krasny, and Marvi Mazhar, presents Lari’s trajectory from exemplary modernist to zero carbon revolutionary, with a focus on her remarkable contributions to the global architectural movement to decarbonize and decolonize. The book includes extensive photographs, drawings, and plans from Lari’s archive, most of which have not previously been shown or published.

Lari’s architectural thinking and activism have always gone beyond the quest for a singular built solution. Rather, she strategically plans systemic approaches and solutions, be it for housing, a heritage foundation, or zero-carbon shelters with communities at risk. Original essays from diverse international contributors contextualize Lari’s work; investigate architecture and the postimperial, postcolonial, and postpartition condition; and examine the intersections of architecture and human rights, climate change, decolonization, gender, care, activism, and vernacular innovation. More than a tribute to Yasmeen Lari’s extraordinary career, this volume brings her legacy forward and shows how to create change today

Abira Ashfaq, Cassandra Cozza, Angelika Fitz, Runa Kahn, Anne Karpf, Elke Krasny, Marvi Mazhar, Chris Moffat, Anila Naeem, Raquel Rolnik, Helen Thomas, Rafia Zakaria


288 pp., 7 x 9 in, 180 figs.
ISBN: 9780262546096
Published: May 9, 2023
Publisher: The MIT Press


Curating with Care
edited by Elke Krasny and Lara Perry
London: Routledge 2023

This book presents over 20 authors’ reflections on ‘curating care’ – and presents a call to give curatorial attention to the primacy of care for all life and for more ‘caring curating’ that responds to the social, ecological and political analysis of curatorial caregiving.

Social and ecological struggles for a different planetary culture based on care and respect for the dignity of life are reflected in contemporary curatorial practices that explore human and non-human interdependence. The prevalence of themes of care in curating is a response to a dual crisis: the crisis of social and ecological care that characterizes global politics and the professional crisis of curating under the pressures of the increasingly commercialized cultural landscape. Foregrounding that all beings depend on each other for life and survival, this book collects theoretical essays, methodological challenges and case studies from curators working in different global geographies to explore the range of ways in which curatorial labour is rendered as care.

Practising curators, activists and theorists situate curatorial labour in the context of today’s general care crisis. This volume answers to the call to more fully understand how their transformative work allows for imagining the future of bodily, social and environmental care and the ethics of interdependency differently.


Table of Contents

Elke Krasny and Lara Perry: Introduction

Part I. Caring Curating

Françoise Vergès: Curatorial Labour and Decolonial Feminism

Bruxas Bruxas Arts Collective: Get Bodied: Inverting the Witch to Summon a New Commons

Care beyond Curation: A Conversation with Lauren Craig. Interview by Racha Baraka Pauline

De Souza: Transcultural Care and the Cultural Sector in the United Kingdom

Helen Kaplinsky: Caring for ‘range-ful’ identities in the work of Danielle Brathwaite Shirley

Mirella Maria: Decolonial and Heritage Practices in the Context of Current Global Challenges. Quilombola Museology and Digital Technologies in Brazilian Community Museums

Sophie Lingg: Caring Curating and Social Media

Berit Fischer: A Laboratory of Care. Active Micropolitics, Joyfulness and Affectivity

Joulia Strauss: Avtonomi Akadimia. Curating becomes Curing

Alexandra Kokoli: Care, Aftercare, and the Work of Transmission: Learning from Greenham Common

Eliana Otta: Caring for Mourning, Working with Loss. Curating, Listening, and Attending to the Sacred in Peruvian Highlands and Forests

Elke Krasny: Care, Thought, Being: Curating with a Wounded Planet

Part II. Curating Care

Caroline Gausden, Kirsten Lloyd, Nat Raha, and Catherine Spencer: Curating Forms of Care in Art and Activism: A Roundtable on Life Support

Helena Reckitt: From Coping to Curious: Unlearning and Reimagining Curatorial Habits of Care

Sascia Bailer: Care for Caregivers: Curating against the Care Crisis

Jacqueline Millner and Zsuzsanna Zsoboszlay: Cultivating Care Ethics and the Minor Gesture in Curatorial and Research Practices

Jenny Richards: ‘Do what you do best and outsource the rest’ – Curatorial Lessons within Cultures of Outsourcing

Katja Kobolt, Petja Grafenauer, and Brigita Miloš: The Platform of Care: Collective Curatorial Modes of the n*a*i*l*s hacks*facts*fictions platform

Claudia Lomoschitz: Curating Queer Nursing: the performance installation PARTUS Gyno Bitch Tits

Magdalena Kallenberger (MATERNAL FANTASIES collective): Curating a Collective Body: a Non-Idealized Concept of Care

Johanna Braun: Spellbound. Witchcraft Activism as Caring Curatorial Practice

Zahra Khan: Curating Aliveness. Engaging with Ecologies

Hansel Sato: La escuela del buen vivir/ The school of good life: counteracting the imperial mode of living


ISBN 9781032069913
328 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
Published March 15, 2023 by Routledge


Curating as Feminist Organizing
edited by Elke Krasny and Lara Perry
London: Routledge 2023

What makes curating feminist organizing? How do curators relate to contemporary feminist concerns in their local conditions and the globalized artworld? The book brings together twenty curatorial case studies from diverse regions of the globe.

Reflecting their own curatorial projects or analyzing feminist-inspired exhibitions, the authors in this book elaborate feminist curating as that which is inspired to challenge gender politics not only within but also beyond the doors of the museum and gallery. Connecting their wider feminist politics to their curatorial practices, the book provides case studies of curatorial practice that address the legacies of racialized and ethnic violence, including colonialism; which seek to challenges the state’s regulation of citizenship and sexuality; and which realize the drive for economic justice in the organizations and roles in which curators work. The settings in which this work is done range from university art galleries to artist-run spaces and educational or activist programmes.

This collection will be enjoyed by those studying and researching curating, exhibitions, socially and ecologically engaged contemporary art practices, and feminist transnational movements in diverse geographic contexts. The essays are of relevance to practicing curators, critical cultural practitioners, and artists.


Table of Contents

Introduction: On the Feminist Work of Organizing
Elke Krasny and Lara Perry 

Part I: Colonial Wounds and Transformative Healing

1. The Museum and the Anthropocene: Ecological Grief, Planetary Mourning, Healing Feminist Curating
Elke Krasny

2. Resisting Extractivism of Wisdom in the Feminist Curatorial Exercise
Emilia Quiñones-Otal

3. Feminist Curating as Storytelling and Mothering: The Work of D and Kate Harding
Tara McDowell

4. Curating Feminine Alterity: Deconstructing Feminist Strategies by Contemporary Iranian Women Artists
Katy Shahandeh

5. Geographies of Community Care: Cultural Spaces curated by Black Womxn in Copenhagen and Vienna
Teju Adisa-Farrar

6. In the Spirit of Futura: Daily Practices and Challenges of Producing and Maintaining a Feminist Art Space
Katharina Koch

7. Rewriting the Manifesto and Filipina Feminist Publishing
Faye Cura

Part II. State Hegemony and Resistant Communities

8.  Human Rights, Memory and Contemporary Artistic Practice in Turkey
Eylem Ertürk

9.  Stretching the Institution, Cultivating Interdependency: Feminist Curating as Political Organizing in the Post-Crisis Spanish State
Carlota Mir

10. Radical Geographies of Feminist Curating within the Post-Yugoslav Space
Jelena Petrović

11. Summoning the Witches of the Past: Curatorial Research on Witchcraft in Art & Activism
Katharina Brandl

12. Encounters with Asian Diasporic Identities: The Exhibition Neither Black / Red / Yellow Nor Woman at the Times Art Center Berlin
Julia Hartmann

13. The Vulva Case: Feminist Art, Digital Obscenity, and Censorship in Japan
Hitomi Hasegawa

14. On the Production and Challenging of Sexual Norms through the Art Institution: A Viennese Case Study
Juliane Saupe

15. Searching for Ann(e) : Digital Fan Curation and the Expansion of the Queer Heritage Landscape
Katelyn Williams 

16. On Common Spaces, Affinity and the Problem of a Torn Social Fabric
Dana Daymand and Nika Dubrovsky

Part III. Labour Injustice and the Politics of Solidarity 

17. Curating as a Collective Process: Feminist, Curatorial, and Educational Perspectives
Dorothee Richter

18. Your Hands in My Shoes: Reorganizing La Galerie, Centre for Contemporary Art in Noisy-le-Sec
Émilie Renard and Vanessa Desclaux

19. Objects of Desire: Curating Sex Worker Art in the 21st Century
Lena Chen

20. Whose Visibility? Labour Divides, Care Politics, and Strategies of Solidarity in the Art Field
Angela Dimitrakaki



ISBN 9781032065304
310 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations


Elke Krasny
Das moderne Museum als Anthropozän-Institution
Für feministisches Kuratieren im Zeitalter des Massensterbens

Trauerarbeit und Zukunftssorge: Für Feministisches Kuratieren im Zeitalter des Massensterbens vertritt die These, dass das moderne Museum als Institution aufzufassen ist, anhand derer wir die Entstehung der Kultur des Anthropozäns untersuchen und nachvollziehen können. Das moderne Museum repräsentiert die Art und Weise, wie das Anthropozän Leben und Tod neu organisierte und regulierte. Auf Logiken von Gewalt, Raub und Enteignung beruhend, wird das, was das Museum gesammelt hat, als Totes konserviert und als Nicht-Mehr-Lebendiges zur Schau gestellt. Dies ist Ausdruck jener machtvollen Denksysteme und Ideologien, die das Anthropozän bestimmten: menschlicher Exzeptionalismus, Suprematie, Beherrschbarkeit der Natur. Das Buch schlägt vor, das Museum als einen Ort zu sehen, der durch feministische kuratorische Trauerarbeit die Kultur des Anthropozän einsichtig und spürbar macht und zugleich an kulturellen Imaginarien arbeitet, die andere Formen der Zukunftssorge praktizieren.

Frei verfügbarer Volltext: KPP57_Krasny.pdf

Kunstpädagogische Positionen, Heft 57. Erschienen: 2022
Schlagwörter: Museum, Feminismus, Anthropozaen, Trauerarbeit, Kuratieren
ISBN (Print): 978-3-943694-36-9








Elke Krasny, Sophie Lingg, Lena Fritsch, Birgit Bosold and Vera Hofmann (eds.): Radicalizing Care. Feminist and Queer Activism in Curating, Sternberg Press/Publication Series of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2022

What happens when feminist and queer care ethics are put into curating practice? What happens when the notion of care based on the politics of relatedness, interdependence, reciprocity, and response-ability informs the practices of curating? Delivered through critical theoretical essays, practice-informed case studies, and manifestos, the essays in this book offer insights from diverse contexts and geographies. These texts examine a year-long program at the Schwules Museum Berlin focused on the perspectives of women, lesbian, inter, non-binary, and trans people at the Schwules Museum; the formation of the Queer Trans Intersex People of Colour Narratives Collective in Brighton; Métis Kitchen Table Talks, organized around indigenous knowledge practices in Canada; complex navigations of motherhood and censorship in China; the rethinking of institutions together with First Nations artists in Melbourne; the reanimation of collectivity in immigrant and diasporic contexts in welfare state spaces in Vienna and Stockholm; struggles against Japanese vagina censorship; and an imagined museum of care for Rojava. Strategies include cripping and decolonizing as well as emergent forms of digital caring labor, including curating, hacking, and organizing online drag parties for pandemic times. With contributions by Edna Bonhomme, Birgit Bosold, Imayna Caceres, Pêdra Costa, COVEN BERLIN, Nika Dubrovsky, Lena Fritsch, Vanessa Gravenor, Julia Hartmann, Hitomi Hasegawa, Vera Hofmann, Hana Janečková, k\are (Agnieszka Habraschka and Mia von Matt), Gilly Karjevsky, Elke Krasny, Chantal Küng, Sophie Lingg, Claudia Lomoschitz, Cathy Mattes, Elizaveta Mhaili, Jelena Micić, Carlota Mir, Fabio Otti, Ven Paldano, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Nina Prader, Lesia Prokopenko, Patricia J. Reis, Elif Sarican, Rosario Talevi, Amelia Wallin, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Stefanie Wuschitz.



Archive, Care and Conversation. Suzanne Lacy’s International Dinner Party in Feminist Curatorial Thought, Zurich: OnCurating, 2020.

What happens when feminist activism turns art making into social practice? What happens when feminist conversations, at once joyful, contentious, conflictual, and generative, are being cared for through curatorial practice that mobilizes the archives of ephemeral, art-enabled conversations? Feminist artists of the 1970s concerned with developing a radical critique of heteropatriarchy used dinner parties and conversations for artistic exploration. The Dinner Party by artist Judy Chicago is the best-known example harnessing the representational power of a dinner party. Much less known is The International Dinner Party by Suzanne Lacy, who invited “sisters” around the world to hold dinner parties simultaneously on March 14, 1979 to create “a network of women-acknowledging-women”. This exemplar of feminist social practice rooted in activism is the starting point for this book. Feminist curatorial thought connects the archive of The International Dinner Party conversations to emerging archives of present-day conversations addressing feminist and queer-feminist politics tied to different histories, ideologies, and geographies. The present-day archives of conversations include Aktion Arkiv (addressing migratory realities in Sweden), radical practices of collective care (addressing caring labour conditions transnationally), Red Min(e)d (addressing the post-Yugoslav context), and Queering Yerevan (addressing local-diasporic Armenian realities).

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Edited by Angelika Fitz, Elke Krasny and Architekturzentrum Wien
Published by The MIT Press

How architecture and urbanism can help to care for and repair a broken planet: essays and illustrated case studies.

Today, architecture and urbanism are capital-centric, speculation-driven, and investment-dominated. Many cannot afford housing. Austerity measures have taken a disastrous toll on public infrastructures. The climate crisis has rendered the planet vulnerable, even uninhabitable. This book offers an alternative vision in architecture and urbanism that focuses on caring for a broken planet. Rooted in a radical care perspective that always starts from the given, in the midst of things, this edited collection of essays and illustrated case studies documents ideas and practices from an extraordinarily diverse group of contributors.

Focusing on the three crisis areas of economy, ecology, and labor, the book describes projects including village reconstruction in China; irrigation in Spain; community land trust in Puerto Rico; revitalization of modernist public housing in France; new alliances in informal settlements in Nairobi; and the redevelopment of traditional building methods in flood areas in Pakistan. Essays consider such topics as ethical architecture, land policy, creative ecologies, diverse economies, caring communities, and the exploitation of labor. Taken together, these case studies and essays provide evidence that architecture and urbanism have the capacity to make the planet livable, again.


Essays by Mauro Baracco, Jane da Mosto, Lionel Devlieger, Angelika Fitz, Hélène Frichot, Katherine Gibson, Mauro Gil-Fournier Esquerra, Valeria Graziano, Gabu Heindl, Ann Hill, Elke Krasny, Lisa Law, Ligia Nobre, Meike Schalk, Linda Tegg, Ana Carolina Tonetti, Kim Trogal, Joan Tronto, Anna Tsing, Theresa Williamson, Louise Wright  Case studies aaa atelier d’architecture autogérée, Ayuntamiento BCN, Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury/Urbana, Cíclica [Space.Community.Ecology] + CAVAA arquitectes, Care+Repair Tandems Vienna (including Gabu Heindl, Zissis Kotionis + Phoebe Giannisi, rotor, Meike Schalk, Cristian Stefanescu, Rosario Talevi and many others), Colectivo 720, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, EAHR Emergency Architecture & Human Rights, Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martín Peña CLT, Anna Heringer, Anupama Kundoo, KDI Kounkuey Design Initiative, Lacaton & Vassal, Yasmeen Lari, muf architecture/art, Paulo Mendes da Rocha + MMBB, RUF Rural Urban Framework, Studio Vlay Streeruwitz, De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, ZUsammenKUNFT Berlin

Copublished with Architekturzentrum Wien


Release date: May 2019

Series: The MIT Press
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: The MIT Press
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0262536838
ISBN-13: 978-0262536837
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.2 inches


Regina Bittner, Elke Krasny (eds.)
2016, 352 Pages
Spector Books, (Edition Bauhaus) 978-3-95905-091-3 (ISBN)

“How are we to live in a way that is healthy and economical?” This question was raised by Ernst Jahn’s series of educational films, 1926–28, which also showed the kitchen in the Gropius House, part of the Dessau Masters’ Houses ensemble, complete with all the latest domestic appliances it was equipped with. The Dessau Masters’ Houses were not only showcases of “new living” (Neues Wohnen) but also places where modern methods of housekeeping were exhibited and demonstrated. The Masters’ Houses were lived in exhibitionary machines demonstrating the gendered activities of housekeeping and, at the same time, using the house as a site of intellectual, social, and creative production. The 2015 curatorial project Haushaltsmesse (Household Trade Fair), curated by Regina Bittner and Elke Krasny, took up the issues embodied by the historical legacy of the Masters’ Houses. Contemporary architects, artists, urban practitioners, and anthropologists were invited to explore these issues on site and to realize installation-based work in the Dessau Masters’ Houses. In the face of climate change and dwindling resources, the externalized costs of running a modern household are back on the (kitchen) table. The impact of householding activities are therefore are at once local and global in dimension. This publication brings together visual documentation and texts pertaining to the 2015 Haushaltsmesse (Household Trade Fair), historical documents recontextualizing the  Masters’ Houses from today’s perspectives, and a range of new essays that grew out of a number of discursive events, such as the Household Summit, that formed part of the curatorial project.

Essays include contributions by Andrés Jaque, Estudio Sic, muf architecture/art, Basurama, Regina Bittner, Rania Ghosn, Phoebe Giannisi and Zissis Kotionis, Elke Krasny, Katherine Gibson and Maliha Safri.


Auf Reserve: Haushalten! Historische Modelle und aktuelle Positionen aus dem Bauhaus
Regina Bittner, Elke Krasny (Hg.)
Spector Books (Edition Bauhaus) ISBN-13: 978-3959050821


| Women’s:Museum. Curatorial Politics in Feminism, Education, History, and Art | Frauen:Museum. Politiken des Kuratorischen in Feminismus, Bildung, Geschichte und Kunst
| Edited by | Herausgegeben von | Elke Krasny + Frauenmuseum Meran

Initiating a dialogue between the network of women’s museums and feminist practices in curating, this volume gathers different perspectives from art historians, artists, curators, educators, historians, human rights activists, museum directors, researchers, scholars, and theorists. It juxtaposes essays, interviews, email dialogues, and excerpts from the transcripts of two symposia on Women:Museum hosted at the Vienna City Library and at the Meran Women’s Museum. Resulting in a contemporary transnational historiography, this compendium charts issues of feminist strategies in and out of the museum, and examines public engagement through curatorial activism.

Contributors | Mit Beiträgen von: Gudrun Ankele, Vida Bakondy, Barbara Blasin, Carla Bobadilla, Angela Dimitrakaki, Petja Dimitrova, Elisabeth von Dücker, False Hearted Fanny, Nicoletta Favout, Eva Geber, Li Gerhalter, Susanna Gyulamiryan, Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat, Amelia Jones, Elke Krasny, Rudolfine Lackner, Igor Markovic, Suzana Milevska, Lara Perry, Stefania Pitscheider Soraperra, Sigrid Richter, Dorothee Richter, Astrid Schönweger, Mansoureh Shojaee.

Introduction by Elke Krasny
Contents | Inhaltsverzeichnis


15,5 x 23,5 cm
Broschur, zahlr. Abbildungen
german/english | deutsch/englisch
332 pages | Seiten

Löcker Verlag Vienna, 2013

ISBN 978-3-85409-624-5