Clara Alisch

Clara Alisch lives and works as a visual artist in Bremen. She graduated in 2021 as Master of Fine Arts from the University of Fine Arts Hamburg in the field of time-based media, where she was supervised by Matt Mullican and Michaela Melián. In 2018 she spent a semester studying at Beaux-Arts de Paris as part of the Art School Alliance scholarship programme. She is currently completing a supplementary Master of Arts and Film Studies at the University of Bremen. Since 2017, she has been a scholarship holder of the Künstler:innenförderung of the Cusanuswerk Bonn. With her multimedia video installation Lactoland, which deals with human milk production as a reproductive, economic, aesthetic and virtual process, she was the winner of the art prize #rundgang50hertz 2022 of the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart Berlin, as well as the winner of the Ursula Schneider Prize 2022 in the 1st main prize of the Museum der Arbeit Hamburg.

Alisch’s work and research focus on intersections of artistic, political, and academic discourses on (in) visibility relations, feminist spatial practices, and collective action strategies. She looks primarily at unpaid and therefore invisible reproductive work, in this context exploring utopian and speculative potentials for alternative (socio-)cultural narratives. Her artistic practice includes immersive multimedia video installations, performances and artifacts that strive to make these issues visible.

Her work has been shown in Germany in institutions such as the Medizin-Historisches Museum Hamburg (2018), the Fleetstreet Theater Hamburg (2018), the Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg (2022), the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart Berlin (2022), the Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven (2023), as well as in various solo and group exhibitions.

Performing care

                      How can the invisibility of (re-)production work be questioned?

During my residency at the Thealit Arbeitszimmer I would like to investigate collective stagings of care work in order to research common copings of care activities - especially that of human dairy work. For this purpose, I would like to separate known (art historical) representations of care work from the isolation of those engaged in it, in order to search for a dissolution of this isolation and segregation in the sense of an "Art of Emergency". 

Work project: Nursing together

In a kind of tableau vivant, mothers* and other parents perform various collective scenarios and gestures of care work that are captured as photographs and thus allow a marginalized group in particular to appear performatively, which otherwise acts in the private sphere.

This form of performance aims to counter the centuries-old art historical tradition of isolated representations of mother-child dyads in pictorial spaces and displays. In 1968, the artist Lea Lublin presented the interactive performance Mon Fils (My Son) at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, in which she exhibited the care work for her eight-month-old son in the museum space. Visitors were invited to participate in the daily life of a mother* with a child. Following her position, I would also like to present care activities in the public space and expand them with a collective component.

The presentation of breastfeeding work or milk work as a performative practice is intended to stimulate reflection on the connection between the emergence of human life and the genesis of artistic works. Caring and Care Work is thereby asserted as a shared, decentralized, resistant, and public gesture. By explicitly inviting mothers and other parents to happenings, artifacts and arrangements are to emerge from the perspective of the active. 

November 23th
6 pm

Clara Alisch and Lisa Marie Zander

Performing Care
New lines between art and care work

Clara Alisch and Lisa Marie Zander cordially invite you to join them on Thursday, November 23 at 18:00 in the thealit Arbeitszimmer for an exciting conversation in which they will talk about Clara Alisch's Performing Care residency project.

Specifically, it will be about the integration of places of collective care work into the urban space and, more generally, about a new relationship between art and care. For example, along the lines of a current book by Bojana Kunst "The Life of Art: Transversal Lines of Care". In all of this, the perspective of an "Art of Emergency" is chosen in order to dissolve isolation and segregation (not only) in care work.

In the Arbeitszimmer thealit, St.-Jürgen-Straße 157/159, Bremen, "small practices of inhabitation" - as the two call it - will be established, which means there will also be punch and pastries.

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Lisa Marie Zander works as a freelance curator and architect in Hamburg. Her work deals with inhabiting and critically appropriating public space from a feminist perspective. Together Clara Alisch and Lisa Marie Zander talk about possibilities and perspectives for action to integrate places of collective care work into urban spaces.

Lisa Marie Zander's work revolves around the democratization of design processes and the critical appropriation of space. The construction of situations highlights the everyday and the use of urban spaces, forming the basis of her situated practice. In addition to publications in the Arch+ magazine and Dérive, she contributes to the network of architectural science. Her curatorial practice is honed in projects such as Kinderstadt Hamburg and the Assembly of Micropolitics. Alongside her ongoing teaching at Hafen City Hamburg and various guest lectures on her design practice, she imparts her creative approach in workshops and seminars. Theoretically, she engages with a feminist perspective on elements of dwelling, translating this into artistic interventions in public spaces, such as the much-discussed project "A Room for You." She is the founder of Planbude Hamburg and the transdisciplinary design office Projektbuero. Collaboratively, she works on various design scales."(

In Arbeitszimmer thealit
St.-Jürgen-Str. 157/159

December, 5th
from 4 - 6 pm


To mark the conclusion of her residency @ The Art of Emergency Clara Alisch invites you to a small come-together as part of an open house event. Everyone is welcome!

"To rethink reproduction in art means not to perceive pregnancy, the upbringing of children, and other forms of care work as peripheral moments in an artist's life but rather as something that inherently constitutes an integral part of artistic and cultural production." 
Mary Jirmanus Saba: Why Call It Labour? On Motherhood and Art Work, published by Mophradat and Archive Books, p. 34.

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