Patty Chang | Milk Debt
Livestream Screening: Wednesday, May 20, 12 pm- Friday, May 22, 1 pm
Artist Conversation via Zoom: Friday, May 22, 1 pm
With artist Patty Chang and curator Anuradha Vikram, moderated by curator Asha Bukojemsky of Marathon Screenings
(In English with Spanish interpretation)
Livestream Link: http://18thstreet.org/milkdebt
SANTA MONICA, CA - 18th Street Arts Center in collaboration with Marathon Screenings co-present a screening and artist conversation around Patty Chang’s Milk Debt, which will open at 18th Street Arts Center this Fall.
Curator Anuradha Vikram, who initiated Chang’s presentation at 18th Street, will be in conversation with the artist, with curator Asha Bukojemsky of Marathon Screenings moderating.
Milk Debt is a multi-part video project of women pumping breast milk while reciting lists of fears drawn from different communities in various geographical regions around the world. The title refers to the idea in Chinese Buddhism where a child is forever indebted to its mother for the milk she gave. Milk Debt is an arrangement that binds us to our history and to the earth, and is considered an unpayable debt. Biologically, breast milk is created when the body starts to produce the hormones prolactin and oxytocin – a hormone also produced when someone is in love. The performance acts as a type of ritual, with the performer channeling the fears of others into public speech. By speaking the fears, the pumper transforms them from the individual into the communal.
[Caption: Still from Patty Chang, Milk Debt, 2020. TRT: 10:24 min. Courtesy of the artist. Still from Patty Chang, Fear List, 2020. TRT: 9 min. Courtesy of the artist.]