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Monument to the Century of Revolutions curated by Nato ThompsonDomesticate Me, 2017

Ashley McKenzie-Barnes - Toronto , Canada
Merna - Toronto , Canada

Interactive Installation

Domesticate Me, 2017

“Domesticate Me” re-tells the story of the capabilities of women, by focusing on the importance of domestic labour and reimagining them in a visual language not often portrayed by mass media and society.

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“You can have it all” is a newer idea society has begun to adopt when it comes to women, childcare, and careers. It is a valid and true idea, however still a difficult one to achieve with domestic labor (i.e. housework, child rearing) not being recognized with wages, a notion considered to be the beginning of the oppression of women by Marxist feminists.

This brings us to reproduction. The female body is capable of the greatest miracle,  childbirth. During this time of pregnancy and child rearing, women naturally take a break from the workforce,  leaving them financially vulnerable. Laws do not always support subsidized wages during this time. If one is not afforded maternity leave pay, a dim reality may come to be.

“Domesticate Me” will re-tell the story of the capabilities of women by focusing on the importance of domestic labor and reimagining them in a visual language not often portrayed by mass media and society. We place the viewer in the space most often associated with domestic duties: the kitchen. It will not be an ordinary kitchen, however.

Suitable for all ages

Nathan Phillips Square

100 Queen Street West

This project is both indoors and outdoors.