114 x 162 mm
What does it mean to acknowledge one’s closeness to, enmeshment in or even kinship with the material world? And what does it mean to question family structures – the way they organise, coerce and make deviant certain lifeforms – and dwell in other possibilities of kin-making?
Not just a jolly rethinking of objects or a polyamorous romp through relationships, The Material Kinship Reader reckons with the extractavist histories of materials and the social relations that frame much of contemporary life.
Spanning fiction and theory, the collection of texts expand the idea of an artist’s book by bringing words into conversation with an aesthetic proposition. Clementine Edwards’ artwork is the visual weft to the book’s written net. From colonial conquest to climate collapse, The Material Kinship Reader tells toxic and tender stories of interdependence among all things sentient and insentient.
Including contributions by Sara Ahmed, Hana Pera Aoake, Roland Barthes, Joannie Baumgärtner, Heather Davis, Kris Dittel, Clementine Edwards, Ama Josephine B. Johnstone, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ursula K. Le Guin, Sophie Lewis, Steven Millhauser, Jena Myung, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Michelle Murphy, Ada M. Patterson, Kim TallBear and Michelle Tea.
About the Editors
Clementine Edwards is a Rotterdam- and Naarm-based artist whose practice is led by sculpture and framed by post-traumatic stress disorder. Her work looks at how certain experiences and relationships might be enriched and expanded through material and at the queering, reproductive potential of non-sentient materials. Her ongoing research line is material kinship, which she locates in the context of climate colonialism.
Kris Dittel is an independent curator, editor and occasional writer, based in Rotterdam. Her work centres on clusters of research informed by her training in economics and social sciences, as well as by an ongoing interest in the (failure of) communication, and performativity in relation to the body and language.
About the Publisher
Onomatopee (founded and directed by Freek Lomme since 2006) is a curating and editorially led public gallery and publisher that is known for their self-initiated and transdisciplinary projects. Onomatopee also hosts the projects of artist-run and institutional organisations.