Photo: Bryony McIntyre

Denise Ferreira da Silva & Valentina Desideri

Poethical Readings/Intuiting the Political

Four intimate 45 minute sessions, readings of your political questions - using Tarot, Palmistry, Reiki, Astrology, and Philosophy, and the invented methods of Fake and Political Therapy.

What we wrote about it at the time: A series of readings using Tarot, Palmistry, Reiki, Astrology, Philosophy and the invented methods of Fake and Political Therapy.  Without imposing a single meaning or direction, the sessions hope to unsettle realities so that multiple understandings of our situations coexist. Readings will start from a political question brought to the session by its attendees (you can attend on your own, or as a group) any problem, issue, or situation that has a political dimension and is experienced directly by the person(s).


How might we map the complex meanings evoked by the political questions that concern us in all of our different groupings? If institutional forms of care, with their objective, distanced reason, are intimately linked with oppressive forms of contemporary life, what tools could we use instead? Maybe un-reasonable, intuitive, ethical, non-colonial, anti-therapeutic, open, complicating ways of ‘reading’ the situation would be more productive?


Valentina does Fake and Political Therapy. She makes performances. She writes biographies by reading people’s palms.  Denise grew up in and was radicalized in a base community in Rio.  She is chair in Ethics at Queen Mary, University of London.  She reads Tarot.  She writes about the law, race, bodies and globalised capitalism.


In the Open Conversation session on Saturday Denise and Valentina will undertake and map out a hybrid poetical/ ethical reading of their own situations.