public event: solid care

A one-day conversation on art spaces and residencies as spaces of care
Wednesday 30 October, 14.30-19.30 h.
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The newly appointed Editorial Committee of Hotel Maria Kapel [HMK], Maja Bekan and Miriam Wistreich, in collaboration with Griet Menschaert, cordially invite you to join us for the launch of the research programme Slow Burn at HMK.

Who do we care about and for? How can we qualify care as a feminist politics and avoid the pitfalls of caring badly or too much? How can we build practices and spaces of care within the limits of an exploitative system, with which we are all complicit?

The heart of HMK is its artist residency. Over the past 15 years HMK has welcomed many artists to work in the old chapel. This year we are taking time to reflect on what it means to host and care for artists. Solid Care brings together a range of voices to think about the politics of the artist residency and how we can navigate through the landscape of the art world with care.

This first public conversation will open the doors to HMK’s new commission, a site-specific intervention by artist Kevin Hunt, with additional works by Harriet Rose Morley. After a much-needed revamp of the workspaces and reception area of HMK, we reflect on the concept of caring in an institutional context. This conversation will introduce the politics and methodologies of the coming year of reflection at HMK and invite our audience to reflect on the politics of care as a radical professional practice in uncaring times.

Thinkers and speakers at this first public conversation are Angela Serino, Staci Bu Shea and Monika Szewczyk with contributions by resident artists Kevin Hunt and Harriet Rose Morley.

14.30 – Welcome drinks in HMK’s newly refurbished reception space, as we unveil BEWEME by Kevin Hunt
15.00 – Introduction by the Editorial Committee, Maja Bekan and Miriam Wistrech
15.15 – Workshop: Self-Care in Self-Build by Harriet Rose Morley
16.00 – Space in conversation with Angela Serino, Staci Bu Shea and Monika Szewczyk
17.30 – Kevin Hunt in conversation with Maja Bekan and Miriam Wistreich
18.00 – Drinks and soup
19.00 – Instant choir with Ciska Ruitenberg

About the speakers
Angela Serino is an independent curator and writer. Her research-based projects often consist of exhibitions of newly commissioned work as well as public programs of lectures, film screenings, conversations and reading groups. She is interested in creating a public space to reflect on and confront current issues, albeit temporary and contested. She has written extensively about residencies.

Monika Szewczyk is the director of De Appel. A native of Szczecin, Poland who grew up and gained early curatorial experience in Vancouver, Canada, Szewczyk brings with her broad international experience, most recently as a curator for documenta 14: Learning from Athens. Before that, she spent four formative years in Rotterdam, as head of publications at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and core tutor at Piet Zwart Institute for postgraduate studies and research.

Staci Bu Shea is curator at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons in Utrecht, The Netherlands and has organised the exhibition programme there together with the extended team since late 2017. Shea initiated Poetics of Living with Rizvana Bradley, a “study line” at Casco and platform to explore non-normative ways of living together in consideration of rapidly changing discourses around sexuality, health, communal life, and death. Together with Carmel Curtis, she curated Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies at Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, NY in 2017.

Kevin Hunt is an artist living and working in Liverpool and a lecturer at Manchester School of Art. He was a director of The Royal Standard, an artist-led gallery, studios and social workspace in Liverpool (2007-11), subsequently co-founding several temporary artist-led projects in the city; many operating with pedagogical concerns. Notable projects include MODEL, an experimental research-based exhibition platform (2014) and, a self-organised, evolving and nomadic ‘free school’ open for all Liverpool-based artists to access and take part in free of charge (2017 – 2018).

Harriet Rose Morley is a multi-disciplinary artist, maker, educator, and facilitator based between Glasgow and the Netherlands. She works across the disciplines of public art, sculpture, architectural spaces, furniture design, urban planning, and alternative education. Her work and projects often challenge notions of the function of public art, urban objects and space, how they do and, often, don’t function, and how they can be sources of humorous critique of urban architectural space and planning.