Discussion: The Present and Future of MA | Mothers Artlovers
Hosted by: Zuzana Štefková
Guests: Lenka Klodová, Darina Alster, Kateřina Bílková
A wide circle around the theme of “the purpose of Mothers Artlovers”. We will be discussing where we originated, what we’ve managed so far, and what the future holds for Mothers Artlovers. What do we want Mothers Artlovers to do for its wider “membership”? How do our needs and the questions we pose change as our children grow, and as we face new societal challenges? All are welcome, including both active and passive members, supporters, opponents, parents, and non-parents.
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Mothers Artlovers is a group of women who first began meeting in Brno and Prague in 2016. Its aim is to act as a support group for artists who are also mothers, and its members include visual artists, theorists, curators, documentary filmmakers, and activists – creative women for whom art is vitally important and whose interest in art does not wane with motherhood. Fathers are welcome, too, as are future parents and men and women who want to learn more about the subject. Besides acting as a support group, this artistic community also explores art that addresses the subjects of parenthood and family, including political and institutional questions. For this reason, Mothers Artlovers seeks to connect with similar groups abroad in order to create a functioning international platform.
Mothers Artlovers is conceived as a collective social sculpture, a place for meeting and debate, an interactive installation, and a playroom and studio for children and their parents all in one. During the biennial, the studio will create Urban Jungle, an installation created jointly through workshops and other activities for parents and children. There will also be debates on social issues, a performance festival for children, a rap workshop, a regular children’s program with childcare, and more.
Mothers Artlovers shares the conviction that a change is needed in the art world and its institutions. If they are truly to serve their function and help create culture which can resist the utilitarian economization of society, they must radically reassess their priorities. Mothers Artlovers shares in a new conception of culture, which will be – aware of its own vulnerability – founded on principles of reciprocity, solidarity, and care.