Artists:Malu Blume and Maternal Fantasies
Visions of the future enable us to mentally escape from an everyday life that constricts us, in which we feel misunderstood -- and at the same time, these visions offer a platform to our urge for change. In the exhibition, Fantastic Futures at M.1, the awardees Malu Blume and Maternal Fantasies use an array of artistic methods in order to defend themselves against a rigid reality in which traditional gender roles and rigid ideas of community and care seem to be enshrined. The awardees combine film, installation and performative elements around the thematic focus of the call, which was set on Care.
In her video work Hildesheim-born performance and video artist Malu Blume takes the viewer back to the future: The Book of S of I. Chapter One: Three Visions appears like a feverish dream of an artistic concept, like a spontaneous vision of what we could have become. Told as a queer-feminist fairy tale, The Book of S of I celebrates the utopian power of self-love on the social fringes, belonging and friendship as a survival strategy and care as a radical means of anti-capitalist resistance and life.
The interdisciplinary collective of artists Maternal Fantasies deals with the intersection of art, children and motherhood, which receives little attention both in society and art discourse. Through performances, video works and installations, they challenge rigid images of mothers, and develop a unique aesthetic that sketches possible future visions of motherhood and invites viewers to question their own role models.
The two central video works by the recipients of the Advancement Awards 2019/20 of the Arthur Boskamp-Stfitung were specifically developed for Fantastic Futures and were filmed in Hohenlockstedt and the surrounding area. In a sense, the region between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea becomes a kind of stage on which fantastic visions of the future take place. This allows the fields of tension to unfold between care, gender and community, oscillating between euphoria and delusion . As fragile as these concepts may seem, maybe they are the ones that can let a different future become reality.
Curated by Sascia Bailer, artistic director 2019/20 of the M.1.