In June my film ‘Grootmoeder’ was screened at Motherhood and Creative Practice: Maternal Structures in Creative Work, an international and interdisciplinary conference that addressed ongoing debates about hospitality, solidarity and encounter as concepts in creative practice, and how they relate to contemporary issues of mothering. Scholars and artists contributed works and presentations which explored the creative embodiment of intergenerational trauma and the complex territory of mother-daughter relationships, and brought into dialogue social, scientific and artistic perspectives.
The conference was organised by Dr. Elena Marchevska and Valerie Walkerdine of London South Bank University. Key note speakers included Professor Bracha L.Ettinger, Marcel Duchamp Chair & Professor of Psychoanalysis and Art at the European Graduate School and Faith Wilding, Professor Emerita of Performance at SAIC; and a Visiting Scholar at the Pembroke Center for Feminist Research at Brown University, Providence, RI. A recorded interview was held with Professor Mary Kelly, Distinguished Professor and Head of the Interdisciplinary Studio Area in the Department of Art at UCLA. Professor Griselda Pollock, Director of Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory, History, University of Leeds, UK was discussant for the event.