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The Emergence of a Manifesto

The Emergence of a Manifesto for the Art Worker, the Defeated and the Silent is dedicated to female art workers, mothers and wives. In particular, it is dedicated to the person who is on a journey to find her voice, but she is not there yet.

In a text that is part-essay and part-script, Lise Skou outlines the feminist motivations of her artistic practice drawing on a range of sources, from Albrecht Dürer’s Memorial to the Peasants’ War (1525) to Adam Smith’s seminal inquiry into the wealth of nations (1776), and from Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ proposal for an exhibition on care (1969) to Silvia Federici’s history of the body and capitalism in Caliban and the Witch (2004). However, Skou’s emergent manifesto is rooted in scenes from her everyday life, and a deeply personal and devastating experience.

Ormston House would like to thank the artist for publishing The Emergence of a Manifesto for the Art Worker, the Defeated and the Silent on the occasion of the Feminist Supermarket, and for her generous contributions to our online seminars throughout COVID-19 closures and restrictions. Lise will exhibit a new work from This Work of Love (2020–) at Ormston House in Spring 2021. This will take the form of a sculptural installation commissioned for the Feminist Supermarket, and jointly funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Danish Arts Foundation.

You can download The Emergence of a Manifesto for the Art Worker, the Defeated and the Silent for free here.

About the artist:

Lise Skou is a Danish artist based in Aarhus. She holds a BA in History of Art and Nordic Literature from the University of Aarhus, and an MFA from Funen Academy of Fine Arts in Odense. She is a graduate of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Programme in the US. Recent exhibitions and performances include It’s the political economy, stupid curated by Gregory Sholette and Oliver Ressler touring to Cyprus, Finland, Serbia, and across the US; We all suffer from capitalism, but refuse treatment at Kunsthal Aarhus in Denmark; Quercial LAB curated by Brave New Alps at the Community Economies Research Centre in Italy; and The Imaginary Republic at The Bergen Assembly in Norway.

     

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Lise Skou The Emergence of a Manifesto for the Art Worker, the Defeated and the Silent ISBN 978-1-9999513-6-8 © 2020 Lise Skou, Ormston House. Photograph: Lise Skou, Service Act (Rubbing and Scrubbing) (2019), performance at ARoS Public in Denmark, based on Manifesto for Maintenance Art (1969) by Mierle Ladermann Ukeles.
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