The conceptualisation of the structure of the residency, is the very core of my project.My focus is on a seven day , collaborative residency for mother-artists. The idea to work upon such a residency project ;sprung from my own constraints at taking long time out from family life , as well as the need to find platforms for dialogues.
Both,the time and the energy to create, are budgeted entities for creative mothers. The duration of each segment of the residency /project is worked around this practical issue we struggle with. I believe that the short duration of the residency can contribute in its own unique way; as opposed to the month/s long residencies, which often seem impractical for many of us to apply for or participate in. The week-long residency shall provide the participants the time and space away from their individual homes, to make another make-shift collaborative home ;in which they will they will collaborate as they live, cook, paint, chat in a domestic setting they will themselves create for each other.
Considering the short duration of the residency, the ideas and exchange of notes to collaborate upon, should be initiated at least a month before the commencement of the residency .This process, either in person or any other mediums of communication will also be a part of the final submission .The purpose of the project is to continue to find possibilities of self- growth and dialogue as artists , while continuing with our role as mothers. Rather than a grand plan , small segments of experiences of maternal life could become points of take off . The exchange could be in the form of verbal or written text and / or visuals, leading to a creative process.
I hope that the polarities of cultures, shall find their way through the universality of motherhood.
Submissions / responses to Open-Call could be individual or as a collaborative- duo of practising mother artists.
(Please watch this space for more information)