For Season 5 Underverk collaborates with curator Kim McAleese and together we present a series of food events spanning April and May 2015, which will focus on home labour and the gender divide in relation to domestic tasks (such as cooking, cleaning and maintenance). The projects will ask whether much has changed -if anything at all- since the feminist protests of the early 1970s.
The discussions and participation in the presented food events contribute a vital part of and act as the core material of the project’s research. The results and documentation will be presented in a printed matter acting as the final piece of the programme.
April 7, 19:00—21:00
In Konsthall C’s kitchen, an invited commercial ‘chef’ and a domestic ‘cook’ will respond to the questions posed in the Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Manifesto for Maintenance Art.
Produced in 1969, the manifesto connected to other feminist activities around the world which began to articulate the gendered inequities between paid and unpaid labour. The chefs Josefin Günther and Magdalena Günther are invited to make a dinner, using the food as their material to convey what they believe to be ‘maintenance work’ as an attempt to readdress the issues raised in Ukeles manifesto.
The dinner is part of the public program of the Ukeles exhibition at Konsthall C, the idea being that members of the public are invited to engage in some of her thoughts and artistic concepts over a meal in the space.
Josefin Günther is a sommelier currently working as a freelance writer. Food, beverages, scents and flavours have always been a very big and natural part of her life and she is always looking to add new scents and flavours to her palate. Finding new ways of expressing what we experience when we eat and drink is an ongoing home-project of hers.
Originally from Poland, Magdalena Günther came to Stockholm via Copenhagen where she attended a College of Arts. Her entire professional career as a graphic designer/art director has been spent trying to juggle work, family and social interactions. Her passion lies in exploring gastronomy and culture from other countries, and she has always cooked.
Feminist Film screenings
May 21, 19:00—21:00
Underverk’s studio, Brännkyrkagatan 13c
For many women, the home was a natural subject of artistic production as a highly charged site of rampantly contradictory meanings. As Lucy Lippard noted, ‘[women artists] work from such [household] imagery because it’s there, because it’s what they know best, because they can’t escape it.’
A set of feminist film screenings punctuate by food provided by meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin and experience designer Josefin Vargö, which is designed to create and host an environment to foster discussions.
In this film programme, the artists explore domestic issues such as motherhood, sexuality, death, familial relationships, control of physical space and the preparation and consumption of food.
Ayhan Aydin (Meal Ecologist) works interdisciplinary with how the food system as a whole functions. Aydin integrates social sciences, natural sciences, food craftsmanship and practical farming. Ayhan has previously participated in the projects Restaurant roam (Parkteatern), Fittja Open (Botkyrka Konsthall), Nordic Sound Bite (New Nordic Food). In the three different projects, food has been a central and fundamental part of the story.
Supper club dinner
Time and place TBC
We finish the season with a dinner to bring people together in a private and intimate setting to encourage an exchange of ideas regarding identity, work and activities in the domestic space. We invite a chef to lead the workshop and discussion. More information soon!
Supported by Stockholms stad, CuratorLab/Konstfack and Konsthall C
Photo by: Suzanne Lacy, ‘Learn where the meat comes from’ (1976)