Wood, copper, aluminium, fake leather, 2019
The washing machine was a revolution for women's labour in the house. Before that, laundry day consisted of an intense day of work, usually on one's knees, scrubbing clothes on a stone, sometimes singing together to follow a rhythm. At the same time, this established situation would allow women to step away from their own houses and communicate finally. What may have been oppressive on one side was creating the collateral possibility of exchange, and exploring topics of conversation not allowed inside the family context.
My main aim was to acknowledge rituals as both highly protocolled actions and possibilities for communing. The project Liscìva doesn't tackle the problems around women's domestic labour. However, it creates a stage for different interactions around the laundry "task", asking what could be re-inserted into the contemporary washing ritual to establish a new care system.
In my project Liscìva, I designed an outer structure that wouldn't require physically consuming movements, but would still allow the communal interaction of washing clothes outside. The result was a livable modular structure meant to be used in a composition of at least 8, using a central textile to harvest rainwater.
Still from video, 1:19, 2019
Liscìva, Video, 2019