Sisters of Jam was founded in 2008 by artists Moa and Mikaela Krestesen. They work with interdisciplinary artistic research based projects using multiple media – photography, video, drawing, installation and text – in an ongoing investigation of community, sisterhood, historiography and continuity.
They aim to create a feminist dialogue over generations and geographies, that is both virtual and allegorical; that reaches backwards and forwards and at the same time tells us something new. Sisters of Jam look back in feminist history and re actualize the deeds, thoughts and aspirations of earlier generations of sisters and female colleagues, like adding to a patchwork.
Using collaborative work methods they wish to overcome boundaries of genres and become wider, greater and stronger.
STILL BURNING – IDEAS, STRUGGLES AND PRACTICES OF FEMINISM ACROSS TIME
Group exhibition at Varbergs konsthall, February 2 – April 28 2019. Artists: HEBA Y AMIN, ANNA UDDENBERG, LADY SKOLLIE, ÅSA JUNGNELIUS, MARY MAGGIC, KRISTINA JOHANSSON, NILBAR GÜREŞ, SISTERS OF JAM, SAADIA HUSSAIN. Curators: Camilla Påhlsson and Giulia Casalina. Read More!
Exhibition Relating Narratives 8th-29th september 2018 London
Explores the way in which women look to other women - friends, sisters, mothers, writers, poets - to construct an alternative register within which to situate themselves and mediate their relationship with the world. Curator Rose Gibbs. Read more here!
Screening and seminar, London October 2017
Invited by curator Azadeh Fatehrad at the Royal College of Art in London on the theme "feminist and community work". Screening and presentation of S.O.J.'s video "It takes a million years to be a woman" about the communal life at Kate Millett Farm.
56 Artillery Lane at Raven Row Gallery, London May 27 2017
Proud to be part of the program alongside of the exhibition "56 Artillery Lane" at Raven Row galley, London. For this exhibition ‘home’ is imagined as a space for social, sexual and political agency, and the 'domestic’ as a stage on which kinship and self are formed and transformed through acts of love, cruelty and indifference. Sisters of Jam will participate in the event "A Piece of Land: Alternative communities and living" presenting our project Kate Millett Farm and a screening of our video "It takes a million years to be a woman". Curators: Amy Budd & Naoimi Pearce. More info!
Exploring the way in which women look to other women – friends, sisters, mothers, writers, poets – to construct an alternative register within which to situate themselves and mediate their relationship with the world.Curated by Rose Gibbs. Read more: https://relatingnarratives.org
Sisters of Jam was invited by The Temporary Separatists to participate in a public talk about the collective as an artistic and feminist strategy, elaborating on the project Kate Millett Farm. The event also included a screening of our video ” It takes a million years to be a woman”. The Temporay Separatists is a woman-identified artist collective that seeks to explore the use of collectivism as a feminist methodology in art practice.
(Photo: Gallery Box) Read more here!
9 / 3 2016 at Örebro Konsthall, moderator: Hanna Lekander.
Text in Swedish: Systerskapet som konstnärlig strategi. I ett öppet samtal med konstnärerna och systrarna Moa och Mikaela Krestesen i deras utställning Kate Millett Farm på Örebro konsthall, lyfts frågor som kollektiva arbetsmetoder, om att arbeta tillsammans i motsats till ”det konstnärliga geniet”. I systrarnas konstnärliga arbete växer ett projekt under längre tid utan ett förutbestämt avslut. Intresset riktas mot att mötas över generationer och vikten av systerskapets nätverk över tid. Historieskrivning kopplas till feminism där ”re-makes” ingår som en konstnärlig strategi för att öppet lyfta föregångare in i samtiden och föra en dialog med historien.
Documentation from exhibition at Borås Konstmuseum, SYSTER sept 2014 – jan 2015.
”The exhibition ”Syster” (Sister) listen to the dialogue between women across generations, times, places and contexts. The works connects artists across time and space, where the perspectives enrich each other. The exhibition’s common thread is between Swedish contemporary art and ’70s Los Angeles, where among other things, Judy Chicago and Sheila Levrant de Bretteville were active. Furthermore, they extend to Poughkeepsie and an art colony for women, which was driven by one of the era’s most influential feminist thinkers and artists – Kate Millett.”
Curator: Karolina Pahlén. Participants: Sisters of Jam, Jenny Wilson, Sharon Hayes, Anna Linder, Roxy Farhat, Kakan Hermansson, Annika Norlin, Bastion, Kajsa Dahlberg, Varesh Darvish, Hanna Stenman, Sara Hansson, Maja Borg, Johanna Gustavsson samt Ditte Ejlerskov och Eva-Marie Lindahl.
Bastion (Alexandra Falagara and Brita Lindvall) worked with a patchwork in mind (as a reference to the crafts that women traditionally engaged in when they “had spare time”) to create a non-hierarchical structure where the participants are given equal importance, as they all have a page each. These are also feminist design strategies that were used by the legendary graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Brettville in the 1970′s, through this action Bastion wished to put their work in dialogue with the work of hers. Each page has its own typeface designed by a woman – and to further write herstory, They´ve added information in the footer of who made each font and when. The catalog is decorated with a chain pattern of diverse expressions, which symbolizes how the various sisterhoods both engage and differ from each other.
De Brettevilles iconic work from 1974, the necklace ”Strength without a fist”. In 2014 S.O.J. did a re-make of the work named ”HELLO SHEILA!”, first on display at the group exhibition Survival Kit and in 2016 permanently installed at the Cultural House in Umeå, Sweden.
The installation consist of archive photographs from the Woman´s Building in Los Angeles, sculpture and a video from 1974; ”First day at the Woman´s Building” borrowed from The Getty Research Center, Los Angeles. About the video: The video show a group of wimmin sitting on the floor and talking about why they have come to join the Woman´s Building. Consciousness raising was an important pedagogical strategy used at the Woman´s Building, sitting in a circle each women was given her own time to speak on a given topic such as money, power, work, sexuality, without interruption the others listened to her. Women revealed deeply private experiences and often discovered that other women had similar experiences. A realization that the personal is political.