Stand.by Exhibition /exhibition on the serie Maintenance! Domestics as Institutional Becomingsr, at The Institute of Endotic Research

One of the elements that became quite fundamental during the recent period is the need for self-care. Since a long time, with Audre Lorde we have learned that self-care is an act of political warfare. This time of necessary confinement has shown again and in a new dimension the radicality of her words. The domestic space, as a conceptual and architectural framework, can be seen as a container for life. It is a domain that is demarcated by visible and invisible structures, by interfaces that regulate the flows of information and materials. It is also the inner space of the self, the space of rituals, morning routines, celebrations of joy, practices of health and the rhythms of the body. In her exhibition at TIER, Irene Fernández Arcas introduces installative elements into the space that institute a flow of ideas and resources related to the inner space of the home and the mind. Through a series of activations, including a durational plant cutting exchange that everyone is invited to participate in, the exhibition emphasizes different facets of her practice. She proposes this constellation of materials and affects as a laboratory to develop a domestic ritual, an invitation to create a space of one’s own, a holistic space to connect with processes of commoning. In this way, she recovers elements of joy and astonishment from the forgotten rhythms of life, and indeed before the institutionalization of the domestic space and rationalization of the body as a discrete element separable from the complex whole. Self-care as a counter-disciplinary ritual might be one of the ways the artist is researching to restore those rhythms.

Irene’s installations are always in contact with activations, for this one the artistic interventions are:

Durational – Plant Cutting Exchange Bring your plant cutting and take one from the installation. Exchange growing transformation power of care and love. Moving altars are resonating the collective inner space, domestic rituals are being carried around.

June 12, 19:00 – Be healthy, stay now; stay healthy, be now. A conversation between Irene Fernández Arcas & Maxence Allain – about self care, health, nowness and simple guidelines on staying confident, amid the pandemic crisis and always.

June 20 – New Moon Ritual (RSVP to hello@irenefernandezarcas.com

The path: Touches through the glass window/ Communicating with telepathy/ Silent walk to the secret garden/ Inner fire lighting / Drawing our inner power/  Exchange / Let go / Hugs with the eyes /

June 25, 19:00 – Collective Reading “The erotic, sensuality, mythology and feminism” With Tarn Rodgers Johns & Irene Fernández ArcasRSVP to hello@irenefernandezarcas.com