One topic that is dear and important to us is Mothering. This week we selected works by our artists that reflect on motherhood, care work, birthing and being an artist and a mother at the same time.
Enjoy this weeks selection!
»My mother died when my son was only weeks old, and she never had the chance to hold him. In the months after her death I received emails from a stranger offer photoshop services. These stranger’s emails insisted that they could fix anything, that they could make any photograph perfect. And so, I began sending photographs of my mother spanning the course of her life, and photographs of my newborn son. My only direction was the place the baby in the woman’s arms. The resulting photographs became my series The Kingdom. The photographs fail, and speak to the ways that photographs serve not only as space for memory, but also as space for impermanence and loss.«
— Laurel Nakadate
»The months since the Corona Pandemic has started have been a real challenge in every aspect, but also a gift from which strong ideas for new works have emerged. For example, a new group of soft sculptures has developed – the Fatigue Moms. They humorously illuminate the general theme of parental exhaustion, which of course has taken on a new relevance since the pandemic. I had been planning to start a new cycle of Soft Sculptures for quite some time; the lockdowns and the resulting challenges have finally given the decisive impulse for the creation of the ‘Fatigue Moms’. While working on the Moms, I also had the impulse to create a smaller, relating version of them; that‘s how the Fatigue Child developed.«
— Grit Richter
»As a female artist I’m confronted with the question “Can I be a good artist and good mother at the same time?” I’m saying; I can be whatever I want to be. This work portrays me but also the invisible female history or the position of a woman through history as well as today. Woman is a property, she is a sinner, her position is in the corner and she is used as a decoration, she is treated as an object. I want to show what is obvious but also hidden. By using this imposed condition I’m saying – as an object I can take on any role. «
— Šejla Kamerić
Installation view Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, 2018
»When I did the work Birth, I was initially interested in the abstract idea of revolution. As Sloterdijk wrote: being born and dying, are the biggest revolutions in the lifetime of a human being. So I started wondering, how can such a big revolution in ones life, being described as an passive act? «
— Anna Witt
Die Geburt (The Birth), 2003
SD video, colour, sound
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
12,000.00 EUR (VAT not included)