Aftershocks and (un)belongings: reflecting on 'Home Strike'

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Kokoli, A. and Sliwinska, B. 2021. Aftershocks and (un)belongings: reflecting on 'Home Strike'. in: Photiou, M. and Meskimmon, M. (ed.) Art, Borders and Belonging: On Home and Migration London | New York Bloomsbury Visual Arts. pp. 113-136
Chapter titleAftershocks and (un)belongings: reflecting on 'Home Strike'
AuthorsKokoli, A. and Sliwinska, B.
Abstract

In this dialogic chapter, we reflect on our collaborative curation of an exhibition that explored domesticity from feminist dissident perspectives. Featuring work protesting the changes to policy concerning domestic violence in Poland (Malgorzata Markiewicz), subverting, through craft, women’s maintenance of the home as both dwelling and ideal (Su Richardson), unpicking maternal subjectivities while staging a confrontation between feminist and modernist approaches to art history (CANAN), and unsettlingly recasting the home as a site of violence and resistance (Paula Chambers), Home Strike (l’étrangère, 2018) is revisited as both an unfinished inter-generational and transnational project critiquing and defamiliarising the home, and an opportunity for reflection and exchange on the curators’ own lived experiences of migration and patriarchal regimes of space. Personal meditations on (un)belonging, temporary habitats and object attachments are interspersed with critical observations on migration, xenophobia and the neoliberal demand for mobility, particularly in the case of cultural workers. As well as (a) correspondence and dialogic reflection on shared preoccupations, what follows is an exchange of letters working through the aftershocks of our co-curation of an exhibition and opening up new strands of thinking and research into projects yet unrealised. The epistolary form was adopted as a practical and equitable record-keeping of our exchange, but also for its rich tradition in feminist politics and thought: as Margaretta Jolly (2008) eloquently demonstrates, in the Women’s Liberation Movement correspondence both charted the emergence of a new consciousness and sisterly alliances, and became a lab for the development of alternative ways of thinking and engaging with one another. Following recent feminist experimentation, we aspire to occupy the space between ‘letter-writing as a formal convention’ (Meskimmon, 2014, 31) and a dialogical critical feminist methodology of ‘engaged essay-making’ (ibid, 29).

Research GroupCREATE/Feminisms cluster
LanguageEnglish
Page range113-136
Book titleArt, Borders and Belonging: On Home and Migration
EditorsPhotiou, M. and Meskimmon, M.
PublisherBloomsbury Visual Arts
Place of publicationLondon | New York
ISBN
Hardcover9781350203068
Electronic9781350203099
Electronic9781350203075
Electronic9781350203082
Publication dates
Print20 May 2021
Online26 Apr 2021
Publication process dates
Deposited22 Sep 2021
Accepted28 Feb 2019
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350203099.ch-006
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