Domesticated is a self-organized open-studio by Chelsea College of Arts Fine Art students that took place between March 6th-8th 2020, including two of my pieces, Things You Should Know and Apron Talk.
DOMESTICATED represents a subjective art practice centred on the individual’s presence within a wider community, in contrast to a white-space gallery. Brought to you by Chelsea College of Arts Fine Art students, the show is set in an open-studio style domestic space, where the curation of the show can be considered a piece itself.
DOMESTICATED understands routine as the ritual through which the gendered discipline of the body is built and interiorized, questioning the symbolic violence upon female-identifying bodies in the realm of the domestic.
DOMESTICATED brings up issues around body politics, the performance of gender in the everyday, invisible labour, migration and power dynamics.
DOMESTICATED uses interactivity as an essential tool to reconsider identity in relation to culture, gender and space, forcing visitors to re-think their own relation to the gendered status-quo.
DOMESTICATED is a critical appropriation of the home space. A territory our bodies have been socially destined to: in order to beleft unseen, in order to be left aside from the public. A territory we want tobe under constant and collective change and construction. A territory we now reclaim and reimagine.
Things You Should Know is a text piece regarding the paid and unpaid care, emotional and domestic work women perform in the everyday, an undervalued form of work that is constantly portrayed as the expectation of something that women ‘should be doing out of love’. Switching voices and positions of power between the authoritative and the vulnerable, it makes the viewer wonder about the blurred identity of its narrator.
Featuring voice recordings from migrant houseworkers living in the UK and a transcription/translation booklet, Apron Talk aims to create space for a multiplicity of voices, in order to escape from unidirectional narratives. It explores embodied experiences of language, migration, work or motherhood, among other subjects.