Author Archives: moamikaela Krestesen

Public Talk and screening at Gallery Box

May 2016, Gallery Box Gothenburg, Sweden.

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!

Public Talk ”Sisterhood as an artistic strategy”

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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.

Exhibition Borås Konstmuseum

Documentation from exhibition at Borås Konstmuseum, SYSTER sept 2014 – jan 2015.

Poster by Bastion Installation Blue Barn  Sculpture LIFE and view of photo installation The Lavender House Installation view  Sculpture LIFE Black and white photograph by Jane Winter, archive material collected by S.O.J. Archive table and installation Photographs of life at Millett Farm, taken by Jane Winter and Michelle Koales Detail installation, book shell with Kate Millett´s books together with S.O.J.s book A PIECE OF LAND about Millett Farm. Detail of photo installation. Portraits of members of Millett Farm. Drawing by Kate Millett. Detali archive table, Time Magazine. Second room, three channel video installation. Three channel video installation Video installation

”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.

Catalog by Bastion for the exhibition Syster

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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.

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville

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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.


Exhibition at Survival Kit Festival, Umeå september 2014

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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.