Feministische Gesundheitsrecherchegruppe /
Feminist health care research group (Julia Bonn, Alice Münch, Inga Zimprich)
FGRG works as a local, Berlin-based group of three women artists (Alice Münch, Julia Bonn, Inga Zimprich), all mothers of young children, who meet regularly on a weekly bases in Berlin. We research by visiting and meeting with people, initiatives and institutions who have established alternatives in health care (like the antipsychiatric information center, feminist health care center, HeileHaus, feminist archives as Spinnboden and FFBIZ, protagonists of the health movement, theorists and writers as Johanna Hedva).
As part of our research practice we explore group methods and develop exercises and subjective approaches to the topics we are exploring (such as meditative questionnaires, exercises for writing and listening, physical practice, space for personal exchange).
We focus on single research themes at a time such as feminist and radical therapy forms, the health movement of West-Berlin in the 1970ies and 1980ies, the political meaning of illness, collective ways of dealing with crisis and mutual care structures, as well as strategies to repoliticize health care.
The results of our research is published in zines.
We organize workshops for cultural workers in collaboration with art and/or health spaces (District, Flutgraben, nGbK, Kotti-Shop, HeileHaus in Berlin). Here we aim to share inputs, exercise, collective activities in order to explore and collect strategies to reconnect with our bodies, our internalized and embodied bio politics, our relation to our wellbeing, psychology and crises. As Feminist Health Care Research Group we aim to repolitize our relation to our body, to sickness, emotion, care and crisis as an integral part of our positioning as cultural workers.
At the same time we develop a research library in which we collect feminist publications of the 1970ies and 1980ies, focusing in particular on the health movement.
We aim to embody and allow for a feminist approach to knowledge, which values and integrates biographical, experience-based and emotional knowledge. At the same time we wish to allow that the process and outcome of our research manifests in and renders our lifes as women*, mothers, artists, feminists and cultural workers.