art/mamas is a group of Vancouver-based artist mothers working within the intersections of feminism(s), motherhood, as well as reproductive and artistic labour. The collective meets once a month to discuss work in progress of one of their members and share their recent experiences and aspects of their diverse practices in an open forum. Members are Gabriela Aceves-Sepúlveda, Matilda Aslizadeh, Robyn Laba, Natasha McHardy, Maria Anna Parolin, Heather Passmore, Sarah Shamash, prOphecy sun, and Damla Tamer.
About art/mamas’ PLOT Residency
During art/mamas’ PLOT residency, they will be conceiving of PLOT as a fertile place to scheme and gather as they create inclusive opportunities to share experiences, intergenerational knowledge, skills, ideas, and to support artistic experimentation by bringing together diverse and disparate communities of creative, working, self-identified mothers and caregivers. As such, art/mamas imagines PLOT as a laboratory facilitated by their members and looks outward to include other creative producers who are mothers/parents from the local community and beyond.
They have structured their residency around four community conversations. Each conversation will be facilitated by members of the collective and include invited speakers and participants. All sessions will be conducted virtually on Zoom in accordance with COVID-19 provincial health and safety protocols in BC. They will be open to the public and all self-identified mothers, including 2SLGBTQQIA community members, are invited to participate. Advance registration is required. The community conversations are:
- Intergenerational Conversation amongst Artist Mothers
- Precarious Labour and Motherhood
- Film and Motherhood
- Making Space for Time: Artist Parents Meet and Make
art/mamas will also produce a final publication that will reflect the conversations and bring an analytical perspective to the discussions. The publication will also highlight any materials produced in conjunction with the conversations.
art/mamas acknowledge the generous support of Access Gallery, the Canada Council for the Arts, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC) for making this project possible.