05.06: Mia You
Mary Kelly: Women’s Work as Artist’s Work

Lucy Lippard describes Mary Kelly’s 1970s documentary project Post-partum Document – which was conceptualized both as installation and as a book – as a “portrait of the mother’s own emergence into sexuality, language and self-identity in a patriarchal world, paralleling the ‘other’ experience of the same phenomena by her male child.” Through collecting, transcribing and translating her child’s dirty diapers, first words, and scribbling, Kelly searches for language that makes legible the role of social reproduction within capitalism. In this session, we will work across objects, images and texts to document and decipher the unspoken labor imposed upon us versus that which we willingly offer.

Mia You is a writer and scholar currently teaching in the English Language and Culture program at Utrecht University and in the Critical Studies program at the Sandberg Institute. She is author of the poetry collections I, Too, Dislike It (1913 Press, 2016) and Objective Practice (Achiote Press, 2007), and other writing has appeared in Artforum, Bookforum, The Boston Review, The Hairpin, Jacket2, the Los Angeles Review of Books and Poetry magazine.