nurture

 

 

Nurture looks at food and feeding as an act of care. The performance is a one-on-one encounter where I am breastfeeding an audience member. This simple and intimate action creates a temporary bond between two humans and a space where social norms are altered. Nurture gives the possibility to study gender roles, care-politics, and concepts of coexistence. Nurture aims towards the public and collective through personal and private. That’s why it’s performed in public spaces.

Care can lead us further away from individualism. The birth of my child has given me an illuminating and deep example of this. To put the needs of an other before ones own restrain egoistic standards of activity and paradigms. Care has sensitized me to all the coexisting dependencies that sustain life. This awakening has brought forth a new meaningfulness and the need to care that surpasses my own existence and expands to include, ultimately, the whole planet.

The performance offers me a possibility to do an action, breastfeeding, that is impossible to me by nature. It gives me the opportunity to experience this quintessential act of sustaining life. For the audience member it will give the chance to step into the role of a child being nurtured and cared for. This can create a space to recognize and acknowledge ones vulnerability, and to surrender to the idea that we are all dependent on others in order to exist. Our existence is dependent not only on myriad networks of human interactions (our food has to be grown, produced, handled and sold), but also on the countless biological processes that sustain our bodies and enable our food to grow in the first place.

The ”milk” will be plant based. I will create my own milk from local rolled oats and Birch sap that will be harvested in the spring. Plant based ”milk” roots the feeding deeper into the soil and illustrates our connectedness to plant based organisms.