Below is the translation for the press release for “BEYOND Re / PRODUCTION Mothering”, opening this Friday at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg in Berlin.
I am showing a full size study for “Blessed Art Thou”, 2006-10, 88 x 60”, graphite and watercolor on paper.
Subject: ". BEYOND Re / PRODUCTION Mothering" opening for Friday, 25.02. from 19 clock
Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,
We would like very much to the opening of BEYOND Re / PRODUCTION. Mothering invite for Friday, 25 February 2011 from 19 clock:
Beyond Re / Production: Mothering
Dimensions of social reproduction in the age of neo-liberalism
Exhibition - lectures, discussions - Film Program
A project of Felicita Reuschling in collaboration with the Art Space Kreuzberg / Bethanien, the Gunda-Werner-Institut and the fsk-Kino. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund
26. February to 25 April 2011
Opening: Friday 25 February from 19 clock, welcome Dr. Jan Stöß, District Councillor for Culture and Education, followed by: DJ Iris Kettner
Artists of the exhibition: Ditte Bjerg / Fillipa Berglund, Denmark; Lizza M. David / Claudia Liebelt, Berlin, Margi Geerlinks, Netherlands; Lisa Glauer, Weimar, Sibylle Hofter, Berlin, Natalia Iguiniz, Peru, Elzbieta Jablonska, Poland, Verena Jaekel, Berlin; Lenka Klodova, Czech Republic, Kate Kretz, USA, Christine Lohr, Berlin, Janina Moebius, Berlin, Tracey Moffatt, Australia, Dulce Pinzón, USA; Heike Rusch Meyer, Berlin; Mary Sibande, South Africa; Zoitl, Berlin; Migrants Rights Centre Ireland: Aoife Smith, Ireland; TIWA (Taiwanese International Workers Association), Taiwan
January 2011: The employment of mothers is now on the scale of values in modern society at the top. But how women manage to balance work and family? How is motherhood designed in structures between child care and work, in which, the role of the man barely changed? The exhibition Beyond Re / Production: Mothering reflects contemporary art and documentary views on motherhood and the associated image of caring. The desire and fear images that are linked to the social character of the mother in the current bio-political process of transition should be made visible.
Together with the comprehensive program, the art exhibition is as part of a feminist discussion process that responds to the situation of working mothers and the (resulting) Dissemination of low-paid domestic and care work as a symptomatic expression of social reproduction in neo-liberal societies, in turn, without women labor migration would be unthinkable.
The works of 19 artists and groups move from ten countries on the borders between self-report, artistic research and political practice. Thus, Lenka Klodova sets in their photography, "Life with a handicap" with the balancing act of the working mother apart, must hammer out a super-mom, despite the daily pressures a masterstroke in terms of flexibility. Mary Sibande from South Africa is taking the racist and postcolonial aspects of paid care work, and the Quilt "Blurred Boundaries" refers to the blurred boundaries between work and private spheres, which are typical for domestic and care work. The installation "Mammamil" shows breast milk in tetra-shaped Sunkist - a paradox that the civil assessment of breastfeeding than most private care and reverses alludes provocative.
The supplementary education program provides visitors with further cultural, political, and subject-specific approaches and backgrounds to "Mothering" and "Care Work", to support an interdisciplinary and ongoing work on the topic. The presentations address the domestic and care work, which are mainly in wealthier countries with immigrant women, and often performed under precarious conditions. The film series associated with this aspect of adoption and child neglect and offers "Look Back" with a piece of feminist film history.