Maaijke Middelbeek, Porous Projections, Hannah Sakai, Kyungrim Lim Yang, Huda Takriti

                                                                                      Photo: Beniamin Urbanek

Porous Projections

05th of May till the 30th of June in Afro-Asiatisches Institut Graz 

 

 

The exhibition “Porous Projections” presents works by 5 international artists who shed light on the topic of mushrooms as an entity in their endless becoming. The presented artworks deal with the largely un-lit knowledge produced by those who were excluded from writings of historical narratives; namely women, migrants, bodies of queer and Caribbean diasporas, and non-human elements that we are too dull to listen to. 

 

 

Maaijke Middelbeek’s “Other Mother” presents organisms in their growth. She states: You mothered me, so let me mother you. Radical role reversal takes place as the silent care we receive from the environment is addressed. Speaking from the other end of the archaic mother nature, a forever- mother, the artist refuses to stay in the naïve role of a child, a care- receiver, that we so often find comfort in when it comes to our relationship with nature. She recognizes the care that was previously taken for granted and actively proclaims to give back the nurturing. The work asks its viewers what kind of unnoticed care is embedded in your growth, and if you would join her in the giving-back.

 

Curatorial text by Kyungrim Lim Jang

 


Maaijke Middelbeek, Artificial Womb, SCOBY, Becoming with, interspecies care

                                                                     Photo: Beniamin Urbanek

 

Detail of MY ARTIFICIAL WOMB

 

Symbiotic Cultures Of Bacteria & Yeast (SCOBY)

amniotic fluid, acrylic glass

tubes with fluids 

Maaijke Middelbeek, Other-Mother, Artificial Womb, SCOBY

 

Left: Other-Mother, self-portrait with baby SCOBY (Symbiotic Cultures Of Bacteria & Yeast), mother culture in glass

 

Right: MY ARTIFICIAL WOMB installation with acrylic glass, Symbiotic Cultures Of Bacteria & Yeast (SCOBY),

amniotic fluid, tubes, fluid bags with blood and urine of the artist, sugar, water, tea, mother's milk,

ultrasound of the artist as a foetus (Nov. 1979)

 

2021-2022

 

SCOBY (Symbiotic Cultures Of Bacteria & Yeast) in amniotic fluid,

acrylic glass, sunlight

 

2021-2022


Maaijke Middelbeek, Becoming With, post-anthropocene, artificial womb

 

BECOMING WITH 

combining fluids

 

fluid bags with blood and urine of the artist, sugar, water, tea,

mother's milk, ultrasound of the artist as a foetus (Nov. 1979)

 

2022


Maaijke Middelbeek, Other-Mother

 

Left: Other-Mother, self-portrait with baby SCOBY (Symbiotic Cultures Of Bacteria & Yeast), mother culture in glass

 

Right: MY ARTIFICIAL WOMB installation with acrylic glass, Symbiotic Cultures Of Bacteria & Yeast (SCOBY),

amniotic fluid, tubes, fluid bags with blood and urine of the artist, sugar, water, tea, mother's milk,

ultrasound of the artist as a foetus (Nov. 1979)

 

2021-2022

For the publication I did an interview about culturing and cultivating, about motherhood, about symbiotic life, interconnectedness, contamination and the pandemic. Hope to share a link to the interview soon in a PDF.

 

Group show with other works from: Jason Evans video End of the season, Diana Policarpo video  The Oracle, Kearra Amaya Gopee video installation How to break a horizon, Roberta Lazo Valenzuela sound installation Indoors.

 

Curated by:

Kyungrim Lim Yang & Huda Takriti

 

Publication design by:

Hannah Sakai