Urban Realist Plein air | Mothers Artlovers

When:01.08.2020 09:30

Prague Market | Hall 19

Building on the legacy of Skupina 42, Devětsil, and the more universally understood phenomenon of social art, critical realism, and poetism, allow us to invite you to a public painting plein-air. The two-day event will consist of a direct painter’s reflection of city life and landscapes, a sharing of experiences, and a closing panel discussion, in which we will compare the ideological viewpoints of the invited artists. Free admission.

August 1–2, 2020, 9.30am–5pm

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.