Mother Tongue Embroidery Workshop - A SEED Lab program
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4Atrium
Join artists Shaghayegh Cyrous and Magdalena Jadwiga Härtelova to create and decorate a shirt that represents your mother tongue(s). In an informal craft session, participants discuss how speaking different languages changes our perception and people’s perception of us. Embroider, paint, collage and otherwise transform your shirt. All while speaking (only) in our mother tongue(s). Materials for shirt making will be supplied. If you want to bring any special decorations that remind you of your language such as ribbons, fabrics, beads, patches, etc., please, feel free to do so. All are welcome to drop by. To guarantee your place in the workshop, alert us about bigger groups coming, or to help you with accessing the building, please contact SEED@anchoragemuseum.org. Free.
Mother Tongue Project is an ongoing, loose series of events that has been started in the Bay Area in 2016 by Iranian artist Shaghayegh Cyrous and Czech artist Magdalena Jadwiga Härtelova. Since then, their participatory performances have been hosted by many galleries as well as institutions such as the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, 2017 Open Engagement conference in Chicago and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific North Archive. The Mother Tongue events share a simple premise: They demarcate a temporal zone in which the public is asked to communicate only in each other’s mother tongue(s). Instead of a confusion of tongues, chaos and misapprehension, Cyrous and Härtelova work to demonstrate that speaking your mother tongue(s) releases a different kind of understanding. Their events create a way of sharing, question the definitions of “foreigner” and propose a new kind of dialogue.