The research group N * A * I * L * S deals with the nail salon as a place of critical, trans*cultural and solidary practices. N * A * I * L * S is an ongoing project, initiated by Ayşe Güleç, Suza Husse and Katja Kobolt with Anisha Müller, Anna Ehrenstein, Ayşe Güleç, DAMN! / Deutsche Asiat*innen, Make Noise!, Dovilè Aleksaitè, Ekaterina Reinbold, Ferdiansyah Thajib, Inia Steinbach, Isabel Gatzke, Jana Koslovski, Jinran Ha, Johanna Michel, Katja Kobolt, Kim Bode, Liane Aviram, Mareike Bernien, Nanna Lüth, Nguyen Phuong Linh, Sugano Matsusaki, Suza Husse, Thao Ho, Yen Le / Le Nails Education Centre Berlin, Vicky Truong
In 2019 the N * A * I * L * S collective gathered different contributions that imagine the nail salon as a queer site of critical, trans-cultural practices and intersectional care politics in a magazine. Through the collected essays, interviews, collages and art works, nails are approached as a collective interface for getting in touch with the conditions liquefied in nail aesthetics and embodied in care work. The magazine was launched at DISTRICT Berlin.