Workshop of Decomposition of Children’s Clothing | Mothers Artlovers
A meeting of mothers who will collectively disassemble worn-out children’s clothes into small pieces. It will be a performative event, during which, through “macramé”, they will uncover individual layers of nurturing and experience from the intense period of the first years of motherhood with all its emotional strata and questions of personal transformation. Together we will discover if and how we can, through repeated contact with materials, retrospectively share an individual experience with a group and reconstruct its potential. The newly-created materials will then be utilized for further “recycling” with their transformation into cotton paper and subsequent use in other works.
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.