Laura Gonzalez


18 Jul 2014

Alternative Maternals


I curated Alternative Maternals, an international show dismantling the collective characteristics by which the maternal is recognisable or known. Through a variety of expressions the show combines diverse lenses of absence, rejection, memory, legacy, scandal, autonomy, physical body and social media. It opens at Lindner Project Space in Berlin on the 3 August 2014 and runs until 9 August.

The artists in the show are wonderful, moving, critical, supportive and very engaged. What can I say, it has been a pleasure to work with them; I have laughed and learned, and I could not have asked for a more interesting project to be involved in. They are: Deborah Dudley (USA), Linda Duvall (Canada), Jeca Rodriguez Colón (Puerto Rico), Miriam Schaer (USA), and Valerie Walkerdine (UK). You can see the charming catalogue we produced here (PDF, 1MB).

I want to thank Cella and Klaus Knoll at Transart Institute, Eto Otitigbe and Kate Hers Rhee for their support with organising a show in a venue I have not been in yet. It is amazing how easy and rewarding it has been considering the crazy nature of the circumstances.

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2 Responses to “Alternative Maternals”

  1. Lynn Lu said:

    Hello Laura Gonzales,
    My name is Lynn Lu – an artist, academic and new mother.

    I see that you are curating ‘Alternative Maternals’ alongside the conference ‘Motherhood and creative practice: Maternal structures in creative work’ at London South Bank University,
    and wanted to share these works made with my baby and lactating breasts, for your consideration:

    Thank you for your time and trouble, and hope to hear from you! Best wishes, Lynn Lu

  2. Laura Gonzalez said:

    Hello Lynn Lu, Thank you for your interest in Alternative Maternals. I am afraid the show is closed as I am bringing over to London a show I curated in Berlin in 2014. We are not taking any more artists than those who were in Berlin. I hope you make it to the conference and the show’s opening and perhaps we can discuss future projects? Your work is interesting and I can think of a number of projects it could fit into. Let me know. Thanks for getting in touch! Laura

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.