The group of female artists Maternal Fantasies and the artist Maren Malu Blume are winners of Advancement Awards 2019/20 of the Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung. The call was looking for artistic positions and projects that deal with different aspects of care work (see Call for Applications). Two artistic positions were selected that critically deal with care work, community and gender and develop their visions of a caring future in very different ways. In April 2020, an exhibition will open at M.1 with the Advancement Awardees 2019/20 of the Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung, which will run until the end of June 2020.
About the Advancement Awardees 2019/20
The interdisciplinary group of female artists Maternal Fantasies is concerned with the relationship between art, child and motherhood, which until today still receives fairly little attention in society and discourse. The international collective lives and works in Berlin. In regular meetings, artistic research, collective artworks and through living together, they explore the tension between artistic production and motherhood. Family stories, memories, ideas, wishes, but also horror scenarios about being a mother can be found in Maternal Fantasies.
The Hildesheim-born artist Maren Malu Blume, who now lives and works between Berlin and Vienna, also received an Artist Advancement Award. Her work is located at the interface of art, performance, education and activism. Blume mostly works in artist collectives on themes of care, collective knowledge production, archive politics, friendship and queer feminism. The video project proposed by Maren Malu Blume provides an alternative and hopeful look into the future of care work: three versions of possible communities are portrayed, exploring new forms of care and coexistence.