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Forum @Rotonda by la Mobiliare
Simultaneous translation: French, German, Italian
Radio journalist Eric Facon will take over hosting duties. Rachel Kushner, whose novels and essays have focused on communities of myriad kinds – illegal motorcycle racers, Palestinian refugees, inmates of a women correctional facility, American ex-pats during the Cuban Revolution – will dialogue with Kim Gordon, who not only experienced many of the most vibrant US cultural scenes of the last half-century first hand but also shaped them, first as a founding member of the pioneering rock band Sonic Youth and later as a solo musician, visual artist and writer.
Kim Gordon is a musician, artist and writer – as well as occasional actor, for example in Der Nachtmahr by Achim Bornhak (2015), which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2015. Her experimental musical style, stage persona and outspoken feminism turned her into one of the most influential figures of the alternative music scene in the US. Over the years, her work has branched out into ever more directions. She has worked as a fashion designer, launching her own clothing line in 2008, and in the past decade has been increasingly active as a visual artist. In 2015, she published the bestselling memoir Girl in A Band. She collaborated with other musicians on numerous projects and in 2019 she released her first solo album, No Home Record.
Photo: © David Black
One of the most celebrated contemporary Anglophone authors, Rachel Kushner published her first novel in 2008, Telex from Cuba, about American expats living through the Cuban Revolution. A critical sensation, it became a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. She followed it up in 2013 with the equally lauded The Flamethrowers, whose story of an emerging female artist in 1970s New York touches on subjects as varied as motorcycle racing and the Italian Years of Lead. Her latest novel, 2018’s The Mars Room, about a women’s correctional facility in California, was again the recipient of numerous awards and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She has also written a collection of short stories, The Strange Case of Rachel K (2015), a novella about the art world, The Mayor of Leipzig (2021), as well as a steady output of stories, essays and criticism for a variety of publications. A collection of the latter were published in 2021 under the title The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000–2020.
Photo: © Gabby Laurent