The Opera of the Endangered Species

images: D. Bilon, Rachel Cherry

Mothers are facing extinction and have seen their numbers dwindle in a capitalist climate. Now, it is up to authorities to enforce protections. Mothers have seen their habitats destroyed by welfare cuts and a lack of supportive infrastructures. Mental and physical illnesses are also spreading between the species, making nurturing parenting difficult. Laws mean nothing if they are not enforced. Communities of mother species and maternal care work must be protected.

‘The Opera of The Endangered Species’ is a dedicated platform for feminist art activism and concerned with capitalism and class struggle from a feminist point of view.
The purpose of this body of work is to investigate a visual language that supports process orientated experimentation.
Existential testimonies challenge notions of production via performance, live action or video installation.

The first Live-Action ‘Placenta’ was performed in 2014. At that time not knowing that it will grow into an ongoing activist project.
‘Placenta’ embodied the artist state just after birth, where simultaneously to birth she experienced a sense of death. Suspended in time and space, motionless and isolated.
The embodiment of this experience helped her to become conscious and at the same time bring to the public eye representations of the maternal experience that are not seen on a cover magazine.
From then onwards, the artist continued to devise various live-actions, public interventions, and installations that address the lack of visibility for mother’s work and the need for mother voices in a male-dominated industry.
‘The Opera of the Endangered Species’ is conducted by Dagmara Bilon and has grown to integrate the stories of other women/mothers in performance with the aim to represent more voices.
The realization of projects would have not been possible without the support of The Desperate Artwives, ProCreate, The Genderouse Festival and hARTs Lane Gallery. Various interventions and provocations have been performed in art spaces, as well as public spaces such as streets, traffic lights, buses and supermarkets.

images: Teresa Albor, D. Bilon, Manuel Vason

background image credit: Manuel Vason | GraceGraceGrace