Political Therapy

Concept

Valentina Desideri and Denise Ferreira da Silva collaborate to make political therapy with individuals and groups. They have sessions with people to deep dive into their political problems in a manner of a therapist and chart the understanding and experience. 

This piece happens through a series of workshops which all adopt theraputic practices in Desideri's "Sensing Salon" involving what she calls "fake" therapy along with tarrot and other methods. 

 

Valentina Desideri Work Denise Ferreira da Silva Work

Installation

Heavy Participation

Roaming

Light Participation

Workshops

International

Previously Exhibited In

Wandering Arts Biennial

AI

Political Therapy

Fluxus

Dance Workshops

Political Therapy

Take Over

Advocacy 

Unlearning School

Fluxus

Wandering Biennial

Politics of Listening

AI 

Fluxus

Wandering Biennial

Take Over

Fluxus

Fluxus

Political Therapy

Unlearning School

Arts Advocacy

Wandering Arts Biennial

Politics of Listening

Dance Workshops

AI Workshops

Fluxus (USA)

Political Therapy (FRA, CAN)

Unlearning (INDO, GER, UK)

Wandering Biennial (BEL)

Dance (FRA, GER, SING)

AI (USA, INDIA) 

Take Over (UK)

Take Over - For Sale version in Tate

Fluxus - Many major international galleries

Political Therapy - Manifesta, Pompidou

Unlearning - Next Documenta ZKU

AI - Venice Biennale

Audience

Wider public.

Space

Spaces for workshops, intimate and relaxed. 

Development

PREVIOUS

This work has been developed and shown many times internationally over the last decade. 

Benefits

- Both highly intimate and highly political. 

- Highly engaged work, direct interaction with the community. 

- It's a work that the "general public" may connect with physically and psychologically without an elaborate knowledge of art history. 

- Pushes understanding of therapy as a method anyone can use in multiple forms. 

- Has been shown previously in a couple of major Biennials and Pompidou Paris. 

Challenges

- Making the public aware that this not "real" therapy, a form may need to be signed upon entering the workshops.

Accomodations for Covid 

- Valentina and Denise can run workshops through a zoom easily from Canada or France.