Stronger Than Bone

Stronger than Bone draws upon the embodied strength, intuitive desires, and collective wisdom of feminists and non-binary protagonists to foreground the manifold dimensions of feminist politics and commitments. Written by thinkers and allies across generations with a focus on heterogeneity, intersectionality, and influence across geographies, this reader arrives into the world at a moment of heightened fragility, under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. In key historical texts, poetry, and new commissions, a range of artists, theorists, philosophers, and writers grapple with how gender politics might be reconfigured in a world undergoing an interregnum of extraordinary intellectual, technological, political, artistic, and social ferment. Stronger than Bone reveals strands of inquiry into a range of subjects including: embodiment and techno feminism; sexual freedom and sexual violence; matriarchal resistance building and shamanic practices; the gendered dimensions of self-optimization; digital identity and gaming culture; how the trauma of state violence and racial injustice is passed to future generations; and artistic strategies of renewal and rewriting history. With a view to the peril and possibility of the current moment, bringing together this constellation of voices is an act of acknowledging kinship, one iteration of the liberatory potential of collective forms of intelligence!

This reader is published on the occasion of Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning, the 13th Gwangju Biennale, April 1–May 9, 2021.

Stronger Than Bone

Contributors: Chris Abani, Gloria Anzaldúa, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and Sarah Friedland, Tishani Doshi, Maya Indira Ganesh, Eeva-Kristiina Harlin and Ciske-Jovsset Biret Hánsa Outi/Outi Pieski, Laurel Kendall, Kim Hyesoon, Kim Seongnae, S. Heijin Lee, Audre Lorde, Soraya Murray, Esha Pillay and Quishile Charan, Djamila Ribeiro, Tamarra and Brigitta Isabella, Oxana Timofeeva, Cecilia Vicuña

Co-published with Gwangju Biennial

Graphic Design: Aziza Ahmad, Lilia Di, Bella, Julie Högner, Archive Appendix

Translators: Don Mee Choi, Walter Paim, Ferdiansyah Thajib