Linea Fusca investigates the political potential of the experience of motherhood by analysing the relationship between care work and practical knowledge of the material world from the experience of reproduction and motherhood. Maternal activity -without being associated with a specific gender- requires the mother to respond to the material reality of human vulnerability. In this sense, what does an ethic based on the acceptance that we depend radically on the support granted by others imply? Can the experience of motherhood foster a society based on mutual cooperation?
In turn, Linea Fusca also investigates reproduction as a physical process based on the experience of otherness. Pregnancy implies a sudden intrusion of the gestating woman's body by the Other. For nine months, the pregnant woman experiences carrying someone in her body, continuously recognizing the changes in and of her body and perceiving the growth of her future, child living an intense double life during this period of time. But this physical experience of otherness is not exclusive to reproduction; it continues after birth because of its relational nature. By bonding with the child, we change our way of perceiving and constructing ourselves as subjects, so our integrity or unity is undermined. Therefore, as individuals, we are divided by including the Other -the child- in the center of ourselves. What does it mean to say we are not constituted independently but in relation to the Other?
Photo: Anaïs Senli
Linea Fusca: 4K Video loop, 20 min., 2020
Text: Eirik Sördal and Anaïs Senli
Sound: Stephen McEvoy
Voice: Ania Nowak
Camera: Mireia Guzmán
Video editing: Anaïs Senli
Flesh: Pilar Fonseca, Ignacio Español, Emil Sær Senli Sördal, Eirik Sördal and Anaïs Senli
ABOUT ANAÏS SENLI
Anaïs Senli (Barcelona, 1980) is an artist and an independent curator. She studied at the University of Fine Arts in Barcelona and graduated from the Universität der Künste in Berlin. In 2006 she received the Post-Graduate Diploma “Meisterschülerin” with Professor Bernd Koberling. Senli studied philosophy at the Universidad Nacional a Distancia Española UNED. In 2016 she received a Master’s degree in “Art in Context” at the UdK with professor Claudia Hummel.
Senli has participated in numerous exhibitions in Spain and Germany, in spaces like Galerie im Turm (DE), Hangar (ES), Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien (DE), Kunsthaus Erfurt (DE), Haus am Lützowplatz/Studiogalerie (DE), Gallery Wedding (DE), GlogauAir (DE). In Barcelona, she is represented by Sala Parés since 2005. Senli was awarded the first prize at XLVI Premio a la pintura joven (young painters competition) at Galerie Sala Parés, Barcelona; the Dorothea Konwiartz Stiftung Grant, Berlin; the Funding for the Presentation of Contemporary Art by the Berlin Senate and the Research Grant by the Berlin Senate. She has also participated in Berlin ́s Gallery Weekend (DE), the International Contemporary Art Fair SWAB (ES) and the Fair Arts Libris (ES). Senli’s work is in the Fundació Banc de Sabadell collection. With a background in painting, she has come to expand in recent years to video art and installation, while at the same time engaging in curatorial projects. The themes she explores throughout the various branches of her practice are rooted in feminist theory, ecological thought, and science philosophy.