With my return back to Berlin, Germany in autumn 2017, I thought to initiated a new artist collective to investigate one of the most marginalised topic within both the art world and feminist discourse: Motherhood. I am very glad to have found these smart, skilled and generous women which form “MATERNAL FANTASIES” collective since.
MATERNAL FANTASIES, Landpartie 01 (2018)
In our understanding, mothering is not exclusive to a physical and xed category or identity, but instead represents dedicated time, attention, nurturance, protection, and an interrupted state of mind, which gives rise to a distinctive discipline of thoughts (Ruddick, 1989). In relation to art, our research process is directly affected by everyday, private narratives, site interference, and eco-queer-communitarian-feminist discourses. Therefore, our collective production – which requires the distribution of artistic responsibilities as well as domestic and emotional labor – functions simultaneously as a site of social experimentation and political-performative practice.
excerpt MATERNAL FANTASIES Manifesto (2020)
Inspired by the exhibition With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985, Pattern in Contemporary Film explores how pattern, decoration, and domestic subject matter are used in contemporary film and digital media. Pattern in Contemporary Film includes works by Brian O’Connell, Charles Woodman, Maternal Fantasies, and Jodie Mack.