Valentina Desideri
‘‘‘Political Therapy’’’
13 April – 12 May 2012

Political Therapy is a practice between two people that deals with problems of a political nature and creates the conditions to develop other languages to talk about and do politics. It is autonomous of disciplinary origins and refuses expertise or any form of knowledge-authority, as the roles of patient and therapist are always interchangeable. Political Therapy combines language and hands-on therapy to open a space for dialogue around political issues.

In the context of Three Artists Walk Into A Bar… the artist attempts to engage directly with current ministers from political parties in the Netherlands. Through Political Therapy she attempts to investigate how politics works practically on a day-to-day basis. What is discussed remains confidential and not recorded in anyway. However, a diaristic text reflects upon how the discussions shift her own position and thinking.

Images: Valentina Desideri, Political Therapy, 2012, Courtesy of Valentina Desideri


Valentina Desideri (1982, Italy) lives and works in Amsterdam. Valentina has best been 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 fitting than performance artist or anything more official. She trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London and is currently attending an MA in Fine Arts at The Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She does Fake and Political Therapy, she writes, performs and mostly she’s around.