THE CAMILLE DIARIES.
New Artistic Positions on M/otherhood, Life and Care


Sonia Levy | Mary Maggic | Naja Ryde Ankarfeldt | Baum & Leahy | Špela Petri
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Margherita Pevere | Ai Hasegawa | Nicole Clouston | Cecilia Jonsson | Tarah Rhoda





Exhibition & Symposium | Curated by Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz


Opening: 27 August 2020, 4-9 pm
Running time: 28 August - 4 October 2020
Online Symposium 26 September 2020, 10 am – 7:45 pm (CET Time Zone), with livestream (link coming soon
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@ Art Laboratory Berlin, Prinzenallee 34 and OKK, Prinzenallee 29, 13359 Berlin
Opening Hours: Thu – Sun, 2 – 6 pm
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The exhibition and the symposium The Camille Diaries. Current Artistic Positions on M/otherhood, Life and Care discuss new artistic works by eleven international women and non-binary artists (installations, video, objects, performance). Reflecting on the current conditions of our world (environmental changes, gender aspects, biopolitics, etc.), the artists' positions propose an 'aesthetics of care' as the basis for inter-species coexistence. Here, the planet is understood as a symbiotic web in which we are all entangled with one another (humans, plants, animals, environment) - on molecular, organic, ethical and biopolitical levels. The artistic positions investigate reproductive mechanisms, biochemical connections between humans and nonhumans, and refer to alternative biomaterials as "source of life" in future times of scarcity and crisis.

The exhibition title "The Camille Diaries" alludes to the "Camille Stories" the final chapter of "Staying with the Trouble" (2016) by philosopher and biologist Donna Haraway, a speculative future where a dwindling human population replaces births with care between species. Each "Camille" cares for the genetic material of an endangered species (the monarch butterfly) by storing parts of that material in their own DNA.

In the exhibition artists explore genetic and biochemical exchange between human and non-human, a both part of and remedy for the Anthropocene. Here the theme of biotechnological transfigurations of human bodies places the human being on the periphery and rather directs our full attention to other living beings. This creates - and this is central to the planned series of events - a basic understanding of other species and organisms from a feminist perspective.

Sonia Levy's 2-channel video installation For the Love of Corals is a cinematic inquiry that focuses on the daily labour of caring for endangered beings to resuscitate them from their imminent human-induced extinction. Mary Maggic's work milik bersama rekombinan explores the surreal landscape of an urban Indonesian river colonized by plastic, with toxic implications for nearby inhabitants. For their project Mammalga Naja Ankerfeldt and Baum & Leahy find inspiration in the life remediating abilities of the algae as well as ways of m/othering or making kin in algal family patterns. In Špela Petric's installation Phytoteratology, thale cress embryos have been grown in a bath of chemicals from the artist’s own body, resulting in a biochemical chimera with the artist as 'co-mother'.

Margherita Pevere's Wombs features scientific glassware hosting living bacterial colonies producing flesh-like biofilm, growing in a liquid environment infused with the artist's own hormones, and a photographic series. Ai Hasegawa proposes a transspecies act of motherhood in her work I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin... Nicole Clouston's artwork Mud (Berlin) takes the form of 12 rectangular, acrylic prisms filled with organisms growing from mud taken from Berlin's lakes and rivers. In Haem artist Cecilia Jonsson and scientist Rodrigo Leite de Oliveira have created a compass by deriving iron from the blood protein haemoglobin of donated human placentas. Meanwhile Tarah Rhoda's Ourglass is a tribute to the remarkable alliance between plants and animals through the photosynthesis and respiration.

The one-day symposium will bring the artists together with researchers from the humanities and natural sciences into a critical dialogue. On the basis of the exhibited works, concepts of "Collective survival" and "Arts of noticing" (A. Tsing) as well as "Staying with the Trouble" (D. Haraway) and “Bodies of water” connected to hydrofeminism (A. Neimanis) will be discussed in an interdisciplinary manner.

-Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz


Online Symposium
THE CAMILLE DIARIES
26 September 2020, 10 am – 7:45 pm (CET Time Zone), with livestream (link coming soon)

The one-day symposium will bring the artists together with researchers from the humanities and natural sciences into a critical dialogue. In the panels “M/others, wombs and placentas”, “Fluid Inheritance” and “Modes of care” we will discuss current and alternative concepts. On the basis of the exhibited works, we will discuss approaches like "Collective survival" and "Arts of noticing" (A. Tsing), "Staying with the Trouble" (D. Haraway), and in particular “Bodies of water” connected to hydrofeminism (A. Neimanis).
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Exhibition view Art Laboratory Berlin. Left: Nicole Clouston: Mud (Berlin), 2018-20; right: Margherita Pevere: From the series Wombs_W.01, 2018, and Wombs_W03 ,2019.


Nicole Clouston: Mud (Berlin), 2018-20, installation, local mud


Nicole Clouston: Mud (Berlin), 2018-20, installation, local mud


Margherita Pevere: From the series Wombs_W.01, 2018, laboratory glassware, living bacterial, culture, microbial biofilm, the artist's urine extract, silicone tube, metal wire. Wombs_03, 2019 Photographic series, performance for camera with slug Branko (Arion maximus)


Exhibition view Art Laboratory Berlin. Left: Margherita Pevere: From the series Wombs_W.01, 2018, laboratory glassware, living bacterial, culture, microbial biofilm, the artist's urine extract, silicone tube, metal wireright: Ai Hasegawa: I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin..., 2011–13, video


Ai Hasegawa: I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin..., 2011–13, video



Exhibition view Art Laboratory Berlin. Left: Cecilia Jonsson and Rodrigo Leite de Oliveira: HAEM, 2016, mixed media installation including custom made compass, text, sound, HD–video; right: Tarah Rhoda: Ourglass, 2017, installation, spinach, ethanol, IV bag, volumetric flask, syringe, ultraviolet light


   Left: Tarah Rhoda: Ourglass, 2017, installation, spinach, ethanol, IV bag, volumetric flask, syringe, ultraviolet light; right: Cecilia Jonsson and Rodrigo Leite de Oliveira: HAEM, 2016, mixed media installation including custom made compass, text, sound, HD–video


   
Naja Ankarfeldt, Baum & Leahy: The Red Nature of Mammalga, 2020


Mary Maggic: Milik Bersama Rekombinan, 2019, installation


Mary Maggic: Milik Bersama Rekombinan, 2019, installation


Špela Petrič: Phytoteratology, 2016, multimedia biological installation


Špela Petrič: Phytoteratology, 2016, multimedia biological installation


Sonia Levy: For the Love of Corals, 2018, video installation


Sonia Levy: For the Love of Corals, 2018, video installation


Source books for exhibition positions.

All exhibition photos (c) Tim Deussen 2020






With the generous support of:



Associated project partners:
The project THE CAMILLE DIARIES arose from a generous invitation to take part in the international curatorial swarm for the open call »M/others and Future Humans«, initiated by Ida Bencke (LABAE,Copenhagen, DK) and Eben Kirksey (Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, USA).


Media partners:
art-in-berlin.de, www.art-in-berlin.de
AVIVA-Berlin Online Magazin für Frauen, www.aviva-berlin.de


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