PERSONA / Return
to Inquiry


On Friday 10th January Archive Kabinett hosted the joint launch of PERSONA [edited by Melissa Gordon and Marina Vishmidt] and Return to Inquiry [Karolin Meunier]. The event included a reading by Karolin Meunier and an introduction with Melissa Gordon.


PERSONA is the second magazine in a series in response to a series of meetings of female artists entitled “A conversation to know if there is a conversation to be had” held in New York, Amsterdam, Berlin and London in 2010-11. The first journal LABOUR, addressed the question of women’s work, and used the lens of the feminist critique of unpaid labour to look at the contemporary condition of the artist. PERSONA as a jumping off point looks at the condition of self-presentation for the contemporary artist, and in an expansive manner encompasses discussions on embarrassment, refusal, interiority and identification.

A new tale in the exploits of Gina Ashcraft
Personal Press: An Initial Report on the Hogarth Press by Isla Leaver-Yap
In Friendship: A discussion about the radical potential of friendship between Celine Condorelli and Avery Gordon
A letter to Marisa Merz by Jen Liu
The Desire to Desire is Also a Desire, an interview between Josephine Pryde and Sabeth Buchmann
Short Stories by Audrey Reynolds
Eau de Cologne
Rita McBride
Marie Lund
Embarrassment and The Woman with too Much Time: two pieces by Eva Kenny
Alison J Carr interviews Chris Kraus
Karolin Meunier on Someone Else
Drop Outs: Slackers, sociopaths and social workers, a conversation between Marina Vishmidt and Melissa Gordon on the drop out
Nadia Hebson on Winifred Knights
Daria Martin: Three Embarrassing Things
A Motivated History by Sue Tate
An excerpt of ‘The Tyrranny of Structurelessness’ by Jo Freeman
And a memorial to Shulamith Firestone by Elisabeth Subrin


In the artist book “Return to Inquiry” Karolin Meunier proposes a model of confession as cultural technique and assembles corresponding scenes from art and theory. The reading at Archive will draw a connection to PERSONA by focussing on the relation between person and acting, taking examples from Andrea Fraser, Delphine Seyrig and two interview films.

Karolin Meunier is an artist and writer living in Berlin. Latest performances at Les Complices* Zurich, Kunstsaele Berlin and South London Gallery. She is member of the feminist film distributor Cinenova in London and of b_books in Berlin.