Reading of Alien Mother essay in Vleeshal exhibition Slo Mo Mother by Emma Jääskeläinen 17.6.2023 Middelburg, Netherlands
"For the first part of the afternoon, Jääskeläinen invited artist, dramaturge and writer Even Minn to present their essay Alien Mother (2023). The first reading Aliens, mothers, gorillas was at the Veranda event by Sorbus Art Space in Helsinki (2017). The second version Äitini on Alien is an audio essay broadcasted by Yle Radio 2018. One approach to cope with big changes that the world is facing emerging in this essay, like climate change and scientific discoveries, is to be sensitive and embrace the unknown. Jääskeläinen first heard this essay in 2019, when she had just become a mother, and working on an ensemble of sculptures dealing with family. Scaling up her practice, alongside her fresh motherhood brought many feelings that are echoed in the essay, such as awareness of the changing body, and extending notions of care and family."
Excerpt from Vleeshal text