Poem is the word, that Vlatka Frketić takes as a starting point for her work with text and poetry a spart of a collective process. She designs and leads workshops, that invite everyone to use text and words but also pictures to work on their experiences of everyday racism and discrimination. Self-confidence is strengthened in this collective writing process and self-empowerment is set as goal and open up as possibility. Vlatka Frketić has been working in the activist field for many years, as a workshop leader for various organizations on topics such as migration, racism, diversity, queerness, multilingualism, etc. For some years she has been intensively involved in writing and uses language as instrument of empowerment.
Statement der Jury 2019
In the word project <em> against the copycat speech </ em> , experiences of racism and other forms of discrimination are processed, articulated and transformed in collective processes by means of text, word and image. The aim is to work on experiences of exclusion and exploitation with different forms of expression and to use poetic means to create potential for change.
The format of the phrase is poetry – written, spoken, sung or drawn. The forms of expression are left open – multilingual, translingual or nonlingual.
Since childhood, Vlatka Frketić has been shaped by experiences of living in Germany, Yugoslavia, Croatia and Austria. Based on the resulting revelations s* examines the conditions of exclusion and exploitation and develops counter-concepts.
At the same time, s * tries to express themself in various disciplines and formats. At the center of the work is the relationship between language, (linguistic) expressions and power. As a train * and adult image * s * works on the topics of queer migration, critical diversity, language and power, multilingualism and rhetoric. The writing of theoretical and fictional texts, glosses, columns and poems is part of he*r critical political work.
With poetry s * was present at poetry festivals as well as in the exhibition „Experimental arrangement of unruly action“ (2017) in the gallery of IG Bildende Kunst.