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I am thinking about sitting down on the ground -Tales of/on/with MotherLands
19 June, 2021–4 July, 2021
You are warmly invited to join us at “I am thinking about sitting down on the ground – tales of/on/with MotherLands”, the current show at Midpunkt featuring works by salt collective, Elín Margot and Patricia Carolina. The show navigates around inter-species collaborations, femininity, and migration; investigating our personal and cultural relationship with land, its carnality, fecundity and permeability.
OPENING Saturday 19th of June, 14:00 – 17:00
i like the sound of the word home pronounced by british people. it feels like all of the air in one’s lungs gets pushed out, quickly into the throat, and leaves one’s body through rounded lips, without touching them. hhhhome. it feels like a breathing exercise, a breath out. a sigh of relief, like when one gets hhhhome, after a long shift at work. a sigh of exhaustion, like when one misses hhhhome or when one doesn’t know where hhhhome is.
“I am thinking about sitting down on the ground” is an invitation to reflect on the spaces we inhabit, on the ground, on bodies, on cohabiting with other human and non-human companions.
elín margot asks the visitors to consider the other beings living within us – they are our companions. she looks at the history of alewives.
patricia carolina investigates the intertwining of cultural histories and lands – the significance of home across different countries, thinking about feminine roles in the house, in the society.
salt collective looks at shared moments and spaces – a picnic in the park, a communal experience of togetherness, a blanket in the form of postcards which visitors are invited to take with them and to share with those who are not physically close.
the ground is a host, it gathers us and other humans and non-humans. it is origin and final destination. it extends beyond humans’ borders and brings us all together, as a collaborative assemblage of humans and non-humans, it is constituted of past lives, decomposed in the soil, all of our histories are brought together in a fertile humus under our feet, food for everything and everyone else to grow. the ground is not a background in our life but an active subject of our history. herstory. theirstory.
“I’m thinking about sitting down on the ground” looks at exchanges.
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between you and me. between me and you. between me and the air that leaves my body in a long, rounded hhhhome.
ana victoria bruno
Artist and designer Elín Margot (FR/IS) investigates the possibilities of food, rethinking the act of eating in connection with sexuality, cultures and gender. For this work she collaborated with Kjartan Óli Guðmundsson, a chef and designer focusing on the uses and possibilities of microorganisms in food.
Patricia Carolina`s (MX) practice engages with water relations, notions of domesticity, porosity, and leaks as ways to observe migration flows. She graduated from the Iceland University of Arts in 2019, and is currently pursuing a MFA in fine arts at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Based in the UK, salt collective is the collaborative practice of Juliane Foronda (CA/PHL) and Ieva Grigelionyte (LT) , which is rooted in food and hospitality. Founded in summer 2020, the collective practices food-sharing as an ongoing means of contributing to the wider discourse of food politics through research, as well as fostering community.
Curator and writer Ana Victoria Bruno (ARG/IT) is interested in human and non-human migrations, globalism, post-colonialism, personal and historical relationship with plants and nature as well as their agency.