by Alina Lupu & Valy Lupu
residency in Hoorn: July 2021
residence at a distance: until end 2021
Alina Lupu’s residency at HMK is one of two long-term research residencies of the year program On Shelter. Through this theme the artists in residence are examining notions of home and safety, motherhood and reproductive labour, climate catastrophe and transness and sleep. The long-term residencies don’t necesseraly develop into an outcome such as an exhibition, so stay tuned to follow continuous process.
Alina Lupu took the chance of the residency format of HMK in order to flip the switch on her relationship with her mother. During the month of July, 9 years into Alina’s move to the Netherlands, she temporarily uprooted her mother from Romania and continued with her a dialogue that began at birth.
She did this in order to allow them both to learn from each other’s new ways of being, with the benefit of almost a decade that passed since her departure and the 2,500 km that needed to be traveled to meet each other in person. During their residency at HMK, they will take time to reflect on the old ways that made them who they are as individuals and in relation: from traditional modes of employment to lifelong frames of reference, to national identity, and the many emotional hurdles that mothers and daughters step over on their way to producing one another.
About the artist
Alina Lupu is a Romanian-born and bred, Dutch-based post-conceptual artist and writer. The focus of her practice is on precarious living and working conditions for art workers and laborers in general. In September 2020, she joined the program committee of Kunsthuis Syb in Beesterzwaag and she is a recent board member of Platform BK, where she strives to improve the position of (international) art workers and to stimulate the public debate on the role of visual art in society. During the month of July, 2021, Alina is in residency alongside her mother, Valy, at Hotel Maria Kapel, where they will together reflect on the meaning of producing one another.
Images: Alina Lupu