Manifesto for Maternal Performance (Art), 2016!

Emily Underwood-Lee, Lena Šimić

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Manifesto for Maternal Performance (Art) 2016! pays tribute to Mierle Laderman Ukeles’Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969!. It follows Ukeles’two-part structure: ‘Idea’and ‘The Maintenance Art Exhibition: “Care”’ become ‘Ideas’and ‘Maternal Performance Journal’. The Manifesto embraces the messiness and daily action of the maternal and strives to nurture anunderstanding of daily maternal practice. 'Maternal time' takes precedence over ‘maternal topics’: things to do with temporality and dead time, and wasted time, and interruptions, and illness, and duration, and endurance and the impossibility of doing it, ever finishing it completely. The desire for development and progress is rejected. The Manifesto was written in 40 days to mirror the 40-week gestation period during which a human mother carries her child. The Manifesto was born of practice, co-writing alongside mothering, the authors in relation to one another, separated over geographic and temporal space, but constantly in response to, and developed and supported by, the absent other.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2017
EventBringing up the Future - Galerija SC, Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: 24 Feb 201724 Feb 2017


ConferenceBringing up the Future
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