30th April 2017, 11:00 - 13:00 at artist-run space Goleb at de Vlugt / Free entry

Photo Credit: Barbara Philipp, Himmel und Hölle

Mothers in Arts is happy to announce its upcoming event taking place on Sunday, 30th of April 2017 from 11AM to 1PM at Artist-Run Space Goleb at De Vlugt.

Barbara Philipp: Himmel und Hölle

“Before “Himmel and Hölle” I did a couple of drawings in which I tried to trace the moments of physical distance and the returns to my children with respect to the time limits I had. After moving beyond the stage of toddlers the attempt to draw a day on paper gained other forms and structures. A repeating rhythm though still occurred with these flowering lines. My interest lies now in transferring the relationship of a child with the parent in a three-dimensional space.

I ask the performers to draw with the help of a cord their distance - closeness relationship in space. The cord defines the absolute extension of distance and functions as a drawn trace and connection in space. I want to visualize this distance and the togetherness on one spot, captured once with the option to be in continuos change during the performance time.

The performers are of all ages and different family constellations.

Then the public is invited to take actively part in the performance and to become performers themselves.”

For more information about Philipp’s work, visit http://www.barbaraphilipp.com/

Mirjam Westen: Representations of m/otherhood and Care

“In my presentation I will explore several representations of m/otherhood and care by women artists in the 20th and 21st century. In navigating this topic, I will highlight many works by women artists from different periods. I will emphasize the interweaving of the different modes of representation and their different (cultural, feminist and political) contexts. There is a wide variety of representational strategies regarding m/otherhood; from Madonna Caritas to Mutter Courage; from a denial of maternal body to a celebration of maternal body and passion; from a "motherhood in chains" to an enriching life time experience; from negation of motherhood to a discourse on the complexity of motherhood; from giving birth in a gallery to making cheese out of mother milk. Regardless their strategic positions, many women artists have challenged and affronted with their work the dominant existing ideologies about m/otherhood and care.”

Mirjam Westen is a curator, critic and editor in the field of contemporary art, gender and global art. Her essays and reviews have been published in journals, art magazines and catalogues. Working as a senior curator of contemporary art in the Museum Arnhem (NL), she has curated numerous exhibitions from 1991 to the present day, amongst others, Kara Walker (2002), Emily Jacir (2003), Lida Abdul (2006), Regina Galindo (2007), Berni Searle (2011), Heidi Sincuba (2011), Alicia Framis (2013) and Esiri Erheriene-Essi (2014). She curated Prospects & Concepts with work by 90 young artists (2014 and 2015, Van Nelle, Rotterdam), and thematic exhibitions such as the international group show Millennials (2016), What we have overlooked ( 2016)(at Framer Framed, Amsterdam), Mirrored Eye (2015) and Threads. Textile in Art & Design (2014). She organized Female Power (Arnhem 2013), rebelle. Art & Feminism 1969-2009 (Arnhem 2009) and was co-curator of A chacun sa grace.

Femmes Artistes en Belgique et aux Pays-Bas 1500-1950 (Antwerp 1999 /Arnhem 2000).

In addition to her curatorial and writing activities, she gives lectures.

She is chairwomen of ArtTable, member of AICA, of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary

Art (IKT), of Feminist Curators United and of M/Other Voices. Mirjam Westen is based in the Netherlands.

30th April from 11:00 to 13:00


Artist-run space Goleb at de Vlugt
Burgemeester de Vlugtlaan 125


14 and 7
Stop Burgemeester Eliasstraat

21 and 80
Stop Burgemeester Eliasstraat

Station Amsterdam Sloterdijk
(20 mins walk, 1.6km)

Station De Vlugtlaan
(9 mins walk, 750m)

A10 / s105 exit from A10/E22
Drive to Burgemeester de Vlugtlaan/s104 in Amsterdam Nieuw-West