BEARMOTHERHOUSE, A 7 month engagement process with Xenia, a group of Migrant women 2017
The landlessness we are facing does not simply concern land ownership, it also includes the loss of the qualities of the spiritual and radically domestic in our public spaces and everyday lives.
Meeting together through speech, sounding, sculptural props and gestures this project formed an accumulative story about the land, between people in collaboration with Xenia Women. Evolving through 6 chapters the process delved into the source of myth, the gift of exchange, and the agency that objects and the hands have to build a collective mythology. The process created a new myth and lattice tale of BearMotherHouse, a story to facilitate a way of working and thinking in uncertain times.
Reimagining the stories we tell about crisis, light and darkness, mothers, houses, grief and bears.The story was presented as an installation and sound work exhibited at SPACE.
The work explores how the nourishing qualities of domestic ritual can uncover a lattice of stories between the personal and political.
We worked with Xenia women between Hackney Museum and the Gallery. Considering the role of the sculptural object and the agency of the archive to summon and form our collective inheritance. Re-imaging the power of social and object gestures to cultivate the house of speech on our mother tongue.
Xenia is building relationships between migrant women, with English-speaking women living in the UK to form a more understanding and kind community.
Watch interview on the process here: