Political Therapy, Valentina Desideri, (happening now)

A series of seven one-to-one political therapy sessions with the artist.

The buyer will receive a map documenting the seven encounters. 
Not resellable.

Conditions for activation:
The series unfolds as a chain of encounters between the artist and the participants.
The first participant is the owner, who curates the second and so forth. Each time giving it to someone who has more power according to a definition given to power by each curated/curating participant.


“Political Therapy” is a practice originally invented by Valentina Desideri, which she has spread to various public and private contexts over the past five years, alongside with “Fake Therapy”. Both Political and Fake Therapy play with the fundamental premises of therapy – practiced and modified by anyone, anywhere, the roles of the therapist and patient being arbitrary and interchangeable, no cure is intended or guaranteed. On the contrary a celebration of problems unfolds thoughts and images through touch and conversation. “Anyone is welcome to practice it. The practice of Political Therapy develops as it happens.”

Valentina Desideri was best defined by a friend who called her a 20 year old on tour. Although this was meant as a reproach she found this definition more suiting than performance artist or anything like that. Lately she has also been called a psychic, which, if added to the previous description, makes of her a psychic 20 year old on tour. She trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London, she did a MA in Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, she does Fake Therapy and Political Therapy, she co-organises Performing Arts Forum in France and she writes biographies by reading people’s palms. She writes other things too but mostly she’s around.

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