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Dear Sisters of Jam

Your letter gave me such great pleasure. It is an honor for me and for my work to be attached to a cause so close to my heart.  I wish you all good things with it.  I will be cheering you on from here.  The reason one does any work at all is in the hope that loving spirits like yours can carry it forward in the name of something that means so much to me. 
 
With deepest thanks,
Eleanor Bergstein

Letter to S.O.J 2012 from the writer and producer of Dirty Dancing Eleanor Bergstein.

Eleanor Bergstein

We met Eleanor, the writer and producer of Dirty Dancing, at her studio in New York, 2013. We talked about the impact her movie have had on her life and many others.

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Jenny Wilson

Sisters of Jam invited the fantastic performer Jenny Wilson as a special guest. For the Kate Millett Farm exhibition at Marabouparken Jenny Wilson has written four exclusive songs, copied on cassettes which the visitors themselves can put on and listen to. The song titles; FREEDOM, POLITICS, EVOLUTION and BIOLOGY, reminds of the slogans used in the demonstrations of the 70′s. With lyrics inspired by the thoughts of Kate Millet, Jenny has written four modern, apocalyptic pop songs you don’t want to miss. The FREEDOM/POLITICS/EVOLUTION/BIOLOGY-cassette is also released in a very limited edition (100).

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sometimes you’re on top of the world

A paraphrase of Kate Millet’s iconic work 
”There are Times When You’re on Top of The World”.

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(Black and white: original drawing by Kate Millet, black and pink: paraphrase by S.O.J.)

Panel discussion at Marabouparken

A public talk across generations – with Suzanne Osten (director and researcher), Kakan Hermansson (artist, comedian and radical feminist), Sara Stridsberg (author) and Malin Hedlin Hayden (art historian).

Stridsberg also did a reading from her book ”Drömfakulteten” – in which Kate Millet appears.

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IASPIS – Studio Talk with Mary Kelly

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S.O.J. was invited to take part in a studiotalk with Mary Kelly and Iaspis director Cecilia Widenheim, during Open House september 2010. It was crowded and a well filled studio. Mary Kelly, with a lot of grace, made everybody feel included. The talk was about Marys interest in ”remix” and the 70s and 80s generations interest in the -68 movement.

Dear Kate Millett and Kate Millett Farm

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Stockholm 2009-08-04

We are two visual artists based in Stockholm and Umeå, Sweden. Beside our individual work as artists we also collaborate as a duo under the name “Sisters of Jam”. The name came out of the fact that we are sisters but more important that we meet and play around with ideas that we want to explore together. As artists and women our ideas is grounded in taking action in what it means being a women in today’s society.

Our discovery in Kate Millett Farm came through reading the book “Going to Iran”. Reading the book today what struck us the most is actually what comes first, the act of reaching out for the sisters in Iran. To act on your believes. The feminist struggle in Sweden feels often pointed towards the individual, it’s not global.

If we were to be given a chance to visit Kate Millett Farm our work would be about the idea of the Farm, the community, womanhood, the discussions that takes place.

Women, artists, living and working together are a unique matter that we would like to investigate as artists. We would work with painting, drawing, video, photography and would like- if possible- to make interviews with you and other artists staying at the farm.

Hope to hear from you soon…

 
All the best,
Sisters of Jam; Moa and Mikaela Krestesen

Dear Moa and Mikaela Krestesen

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I have looked over your proposal very seriously and really hope that you can get the Swedish Government’s approval to come to The Farm which welcomes you with open arms.

We’ll be planting a little tree then – which is an (illegible word) for us here.

With best wishes and admiration for your process

Sincerely, 
Kate Millett

Dear Kate Millett

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Häggbränna, Sweden 2010-06-30

Dear Kate Millett,

Last summer we, Sisters of Jam- a collaboration between Moa and Mikaela Krestesen visual artists, wrote to you regarding a visit at your farm and we received a invitation from you in return. Now we finally got financial support to come and we would like to ask you when it would suit you the best?

When we wrote you the last time we explained that we are very interested in your career and your devoted, passionate work for women all over the world. Our aim is to work with a ”portrait” of you and the farm.

Of course we would take part in the common work as well and we are great chefs! We are planning to stay 10 days (we have small children so we can’t stay longer) and a good time for us would be in late September/October 2010. What are the terms for a visit? Accommodation and so on? How far is it from New York?

During this fall we are working in Stockholm at IASPIS, International artist program in Sweden, here we will work and present some of the result from our visit at your farm.

Kindly respond to us at this address:

Mikaela Krestesen
Trettondagsvägen 16
126 36 Hägersten
Sweden
Phone 00460733978876

Hope that you are well and hope to hear from you soon.

Best whishes
Sisters of Jam, Moa and Mikaela Krestesen

Dear Moa and Mikaela Krestesen

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KATE MILLETT
THE FARM
20 OLD OVERLOOK ROAD
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY  12603

Dear Moa and Mikaela Krestesen,

This is a formal invitation to help establish our new identity as a flower farm with picker rights to the next crop of strawberries, pruning rights to old roses comfortably situated next to old trees which are counted as sacred for their late flowering beauty. The tree multiplies indiscriminately (OBS I’m not sure about these last two words!) into a tangle of bush and no longer have growing rights over its garden planted with an invasive crop of Heather, which accompanies Farm hills in the western part of Ireland—just take over a western facing hill, develops a Culture all by itself. Lavender. The whole Heather (A FEW ILLEGIBLE WORDS).

Come aboard our ship of folly. Leave your bag and baggage of art supplies behind. Vassar starts its academic year with portable art supplies at fire sale prices—20% off for a good customer like myself.

Our bath rooms are decorated to a fare the well—here’s a latest flavor reproduced to my favorite chorus of (ILLEGIBLE). Thank god your gov’t has a lasting interest in the ‘extras’ of life. Like Art.

Love and best wishes,
Kate Millett

Dear Kate Millett

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Stockholm 2010-09-09

Dear Kate Millett,

hope you are well and happy birthday!

We have been trying to call you but we think that maybe you have left for Florida. We will try phone you later on in September, but just in case, we write you this letter as well with some information about our arrival.

We arrive in New York 4:th October around 2 pm and will drive to Poughkeepsie the same afternoon. Hopefully arriving at the farm not later then 9pm in the evening. If we would be delayed we will call you and let you know.

We are so much looking forward to our stay at the farm, meeting and talking to you!

 

Best regards
Moa and Mikaela Krestesen / Sisters of Jam

Book document

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”We are intrigued by The Farm both as an artist colony, a feminist community and as a social experiment. But most of all because of its act of opposition.”
A Piece of Land focuses on the ongoing interdisciplinary art project about the communal life at Millett Farm.

In 1978, feminist author, Kate Millett founded an art colony for women in Poughkeepsie USA that remained in operation until the beginning of the new millennium. The colony was founded out of a belief that a gender-specific community would provide an environment where women artists could work unencumbered by social stigma.
Millett is best known for Sexual Politics (1970) and her ground-breaking work for women’s liberation. She was a member of both the feminist and gay liberation movements that inspired feminist and lesbian separatist cultural and communal experiments in the 1970s. Millett Farm evolved from incorporating elements of the radical feminist – gay liberation – and avant-garde movements.
2010 Kate Millett invited S.O.J. to stay with her at The Farm, that became the starting point for our cultural portrait of this unique community. A close friend of Millett told us that The Farm was a workshop of Kate’s mind. Many past residents from The Farm talk about Millett’s strong vision for the colony, creating a experimental community devoted to both the production and the discussion of art made by women.

We would like to thank all the women, past residents at Millett Farm, that we interviewed for this book and a special thanks to Anne B. Keating, who was a resident between 1985 and 1995. Texts, research and diaries from her dissertation “A World We Have Invented Here”: Exploring Community, Identity and Art in the Construction of “The Farm” from 1995 set the ground for this book. The photographs were taken and sent to us by Michelle Koals and Jane Winter, also past residents at Millett Farm.

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Resellers in Sweden
Marabouparken Sundbyberg
Konst-ig Stockholm (available for purchase online)
Bildmuseet Umeå
Göteborgs Konsthall
Malmö Konstmuseum
Moderna Museet Stockholm
Aspuddens Bokhandel

Resellers in USA
Printed Matter New York (available for purchase online)
Otherwild, Los Angeles (available for purchase online)