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Interruptions: Conway and Young

Milk Report


Join artists and designers Conway and Young on Thursday 4 March at lunchtime for an online performative reading of Milk Report.

How do we perceive and value care in a capitalist society? The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the necessity, and often precarious nature of many different forms of care. We navigate complex new lifestyles, where work routines are increasingly blurring into our personal spaces and overlapping with childcare, healthcare, and informal acts of kindness and mutual support.

Milk Report explores the politics and economics of care, through the lens of breastfeeding. Milk Report records the hours and minutes Young spent breastfeeding during the first six-months after giving birth. This totalled 720 hours and seven minutes. Seeking full remuneration for the labour-intensive work undertaken, based on the 2019 National Living Wage of £8.21 per hour, an edition of 720 copies of Milk Report have been printed to be sold for £8.21 each. This will equate to a wage of £5,916.95 once all of the Milk Reports are sold. You can purchase a copy of Milk Report here.

After the reading there will be an opportunity to take part in a group discussion with Conway and Young focusing on wider notions of politics and economics of care (of yourself and others). This conversation will be facilitated by curator Zoe Watson.

The event will take place on Zoom. To sign up to the event, please register on Eventbrite.

Conway and Young are artists, graphic designers and educators motivated by designs critical, social and political potential. They have been working on commissioned and self-initiated projects together since 2006.

Part of the Interruptions programme of free events provided by the Holden Gallery.

Conway and Young, Spike Island, Bristol, England, 2019
© Martin Parr / Magnum Photos