Mother/hood/ing – reading group

Location: Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn
Dates: 13 November, 27 November, 4 December, 2021
Time: 14:00 PM
Apply for participation, before 10 November.

On the occasion of Producing one another, Alina Lupu, together with Isobel Dryburgh, is organising a reading group on the topic of motherhood to run alongside the residency, and to bring it to its completion.

The Mother/hood/ing reading group is born out of a wish to continue reflecting on the topic which Alina’s residency Producing one another initiated. During the reading groups, Alina, together with Isobel and the participants, will dive into personal, historically relevant, and fictional texts that relate to the many meanings of being a mother, of mothering, and motherhood. Perhaps it’s good to know we are also considering mother/hood/ing beyond its traditional gender confine.

Alina and Isobel will prepare a base selection of texts, which will be shared with participants after sign-up. However, participants are invited to bring their own text suggestions. The deadline for signing up is 9 November, 2021, 23:59.

The ultimate idea is to create, within Hotel Maria Kapel, a living and ever-expanding Motherhood Library, starting off with the texts being discussed during the reading group. The library itself will be built by Harriet Rose Morley, as a structure by the end of the year, in the same style as the rest of the furniture in use at the institution. Harriet is a multi-disciplinary artist, maker, educator, and facilitator, and a previous artist in residence at HMK.

The visuals for the reading group are made by Ana-Maria Gușu, who is interning with Alina Lupu during the autumn of 2021. 

*Sign-up form:  https://forms.gle/m1aEq5CP3RFQwvh3A 

Important note:
The topic of motherhood is inherently one that touches us all. Whether we are mothers, have a mother, are feeling the absence of a mother, would like to become mothers, can’t become mothers, or think of our partners who are mothers, we move in and out of acknowledging the topic and its significance in our lives.

The Mother/hood/ing reading group is a place to share personal reactions to texts, which inherently stem from your relationship with the topic of motherhood and mothering, but don’t feel obliged to. There is no expectation or necessity to share. Always take into account your level of comfort in interacting and feel free to state your boundaries if the topic feels too close to home.  

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.

Isobel Dryburgh is a curator, writer, and interlocutor across the cultural field and is equally fascinated by the subject of motherhood and its collaborative dimension. She was born in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and currently living in Amsterdam. Her work often takes place in theatre and performance contexts while her background is in the visual arts (making and organising). She graduated from DasArts, Amsterdam in 2018.

Made possible with the help of: Mondriaan Fonds, Gemeente Hoorn.