28.01.2021

zeitraumexit > ‘Care City’ Open Call for the Festival Wunder der Prärie (Remote)

In 1969 US-American artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles found herself plunged into the role of an unpaid reproductive worker following the birth of her first child. ‘I felt like two separate people... the free artist and the mother/maintenance worker.... I was never working so hard in my whole life, trying to keep together the two people I had become. Yet people said to me, when they saw me pushing my baby carriage, Do you do anything?’ (Laderman Ukeles)

Laderman Ukeles reacted by writing a manifesto and proposing her first exhibition of what later came to be known as Maintenance Art. While Laderman Ukeles is an internationally known and respected feminist artist and activist, her seminal manifesto is largely unknown among young and upcoming artists.

For the 2021 edition of the biennial live art festival WUNDER DER PRÄRIE, zeitraumexit in Mannheim propose an open call for artistic responses to Laderman Ukeles text and proposition from 1969 by young or upcoming artists internationally. In trying to heed to the spirit of MAINTENANCE ART, they invite the selected artists to develop and present their work at their current place of residence/work and within their local community. By this they intend to strengthen social responsibility, sustainability and conserve natural resources. The selected works will be documented and/or streamed live at the festival in Germany, allowing the artists to address a wider audience and participate in an international context. The organisers find this to be a fair and timely approach to the excluding and economically and socially destructive aspects of the globalized arts market.

WUNDER DER PRÄRIE will finance 5 projects with €5000 each and present documentation and/or livestreams at the festival in Mannheim, Germany between 30 September and 10 October 2021.

Deadline: 28 February 2021

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