This year KONTEJNER has selected Margherita Pevere (IT/DE) as our EMAP - European Media Art Platform artist in residence. During her residency in Dubrovnik and Zagreb, Pevere will investigate materiality and desires of the female body in the framework of absence of maternity, as a physical, ecological and political experience.
EMAP residency 2019 has started on April 17th with the launch of artist Margherita Pevere’s research in biotechnological laboratory of our partner - UR Institute, located in Dubrovnik. First phase of the project ends on May 20th; after this, Pevere will continue developing her artwork at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb from July 21st to August 22nd 2019.
The artist will work on a production of the artwork Wombs, focused not only on redefining the absence of maternity through research on philosophical theories dealing with leaky bodies and different forms of embodiment, but also critically reflecting on the influence of anthropogenic chemicals. Far from being a plain critique of contraception, the project embraces such choice and acknowledges the privilege of having access to medical care and sexual self-determination. It takes a critical stance towards how consolidated, apparently harmless choices invisibly entangle us with ecological disruption. By so doing, the project prompts a critical re-thinking of the discourses on pregnancy and contraception as a female-only, human-only experience enclosed in one’s own body. How to make sense of such complexity through art?
During her stay in Croatia, the artist will engage in numerous art+science workshops for children and adults, lectures, open studio event and other activities open to the general public.