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Valentina Curandi, MERIAN PhD candidate, will perform together with her collaborator Leon Filter at the Labor für Kunst und Forschung at the University of Köln on 19 October 2023, 16:00-17:30.

The performative lecture titled MUMMYTHEDADDY is a collection of personal anecdotes and written images that explore paternal relationships, inherited memories and experiences with familiar roles. Through stories of military service, dementia, and monsters, Leon Filter reflects on the complexities of family histories. By examining how we remember and forget, MUMMYTHEDADDY emphasizes the contributions of narratives in shaping our understanding of how intergenerational dynamics form, and proposes to reshape roles within dependency relationships.

MUMMYTHEDADDY was published by Edition Malade with Afterwords by Valentina Curandi.

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Leon Filter (D, 1988; he/him) is an artist and researcher working with performative reading, drawing, video and publishing. In his practice, he examines conditions as well as historical and political implications of personal narratives, often in collaborative forms. His research’s practical and theoretical concern for anecdotal knowledge and the connections it allows is influenced by documentary, essayistic and performative filmic practices, specifically under the aspects of pedagogy, authorship and unfitness.

Valentina Curandi (I/D, 1980; she/her) is an art practitioner with an experimental approach to text and performance. Her latest artistic proposition narrates the steps and actions needed to leave her body of immaterial work to a nonhuman entity after death. She is the new Ph.D. candidate in Artistic Research Practice with MERIAN in Maastricht, and her research focuses on death management in the field of artistic practice.


Photo by Ian Clewe