Beautiful Family   (2011), Irene Pérez

Beautiful Family  (2011), Irene Pérez

The Mothernists



5/6/7 JUNE

Rotterdam, The Netherlands


A three-day-long transatlantic conference, bringing together the work and thought of practicing international artists, art historians, educators, curators and writers on the topic of caring labour and cultural re-production. The Mothernists attempts to open up philosophical, political, aesthetic and social questions made visible through the co-existing practices of mothering and cultural re-production, bringing these into the diverse discourses that the participants professionally as artists, writers, philosophers, curators, historians and educators are part of. 


SPEAKERS: Lise Haller Baggesen Ross (DK) /Dr. Rachel Epp Buller (USA) / Christa Donner, (USA) / Andrea Francke (UK) / Renske Janssen (NL) / Courtney Kessel (USA) / Dr. Natalie S, Loveless (USA) / Irene Pérez (ES) / Shira Richter (IL) / Miriam Schaer (USA) / Esmé Valk (NL) / Mirjam Westen (NL)


EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Guy Ben-Ner, (IL) / Irene Pérez (ES) / Ane Hjort Guttu, (NO) / Lise Haller Baggesen Ross (DK) / Courtney Kessel (USA) / Elżbieta Jablońska (PL), Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki (GR) / Barbara Philipp (AT) / Adam Rzepecki (PL)


LOCATIONS: LeesZaal Rotterdam West, PrintRoom, Upominki


Attendance is free

Conference Program

Friday 5th of June

Location: PrintRoom

20:00 • Book presentations by:

Mothernism, Lise Haller Baggesen Ross
Invisible Spaces of Parenthood, Andrea Francke
Cultural ReProducers Zines, Christa Donner

Saturday 6th of June

Locations: Leeszaal / Cafe Mijn Schoonmoeder / Upominki

11:00 - 17:00 • Panel presentations and discussions at Leeszaal
14:30 - 17:00 • Parallel activity: Matroesjkas by Barbara Philipp (AT)


11:00 - 11:10 • Welcome Deirdre M. Donoghue


11:10 - 11:50 • Panel I

Whose Yo Mama?”, Lise Haller Baggesen Ross
Re-imagining Cultural ReProduction, Christa Donner


11:50 - 13:05 • Panel II

Maternal Ecologies, Natalie S. Loveless
Moments, Holes, and Stuff: Sourcing a Practice Through the Space of the Domestic, Courtney Kessel
In this Together, Collaborating with  our Children,
 Irene Pérez
To Move or Being Moved, Esmé Valk


13:30 - 14:30 • Lunch


14:30 - 15:25 • Panel III

Representations of m/otherhood and Care: from Chains to Passion?Mirjam Westen
Staging the Spectacle, Dr. Rachel Epp Buller
The Feminist Gap: What they Forgot to Fight for and Should from Today, Renske Janssen


15:25 - 16:25 • Panel IV

Biasing the Non-Maternal and Reverse MotheringMiriam Schaer
Our Enemies Realize Our Power Long Before We Do, Shira Richter


17:00 • End of presentations

1800 - 19:00 •  Dinner at Mijn Schoonmoeder Cafe*
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20:00 •  Exhibition opening at Upominki

Sunday 7th of June

Location: Leeszaal

11:00 - 12:30 • The Island Which Is Folded Like Dry Bread

Performance research and storytelling reading by Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki (GR) . Reservations required via, subject line ‘Reading’

12:00 - 14:00 • Round-table discussion for conference participants
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