Feminist theorist Silvia Federici studied the witch as a dissident of capitalism. In that way she kind of pulled the figure out of the realm of its caricature as a costume or character in children’s stories and put her back into her nonfiction history. How has your relationship with the witch developed since you started working with her?
I actually really like to work with fantasy and science fiction. Because on the one hand yes, there is this myth, but there were also actual witch hunts. Between those two interpretations of the witch arise interesting questions such as: when is something seen as a potion or a spell, and when is something considered medicine or science? By researching the witch you discover how often women used to have really prominent roles in medicine, as midwives or as healers. And so women have power, literal power over life and death. This made them dangerous. So… I don’t know if there is a difference between the witch as a fictional or real figure, I think what is most interesting is when we question this binary.
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