The feminist art collective MATERNAL FANTASIES uses rotational authorship, immersive site related residences, mixed autobiographical and historical references as methods for creating critical artworks around the institution of motherhood. Mothering is not exclusive to a physical and fixed 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.
Composed of 7 interdisciplinary artists | mothers and 10 children, we explore constructions around the theme, in a broader spectrum of care work, stretching tensions between social invisibility and fantastical visibility. In our film experiments, we propose new vocabularies and visual performative translations of the maternal experience with the goal of integrating intergenerational knowledge, connecting female ancestral discourses to our own stories and to future narratives of our children.
with text excerpts from
ABC of Motherhood by Maternal Fantasies
Generational Line by Magdalena Kallenberger
W for Work by Isabell Spengler
Of Women Born by Adrienne Rich
The Laugh of the Medusa by Hélène Cixous
Enduring Time by Lisa Baraitser
concept, direction, performance, voices, camera, sound, costumes and props by MATERNAL FANTASIES
dramatic construction, editing and sound design by Isabell Spengler
music by Melanie Schlachter and by Daniel Adams & Emmanuel Geisser