3 - 5 October 2019, Kittelfrauenwalk
with landmade.Kulturversorgungraum and Schloss Meyenburg
Partnerlook! is a multi-year collaboration between landmade.Kulturversorgungraum (KVR) Strodehne and Fashion Museum Schloss Meyenburg in Germany and Deveron Projects, Huntly, Scotland. At a time of rising nationalism across Europe, it looks at new community-led ways of collaboration in rural places through creative and participative examination of a wide range of patterns of material, social and ethnographic nature.
Under the motto ‘Kittel meets Kilt’, the Kittelfrauen Parade forms the prelude of the Partnerlook! project. Led by curator Claudia Zeiske we will walk the ‘Strodisign pinafores’ cross-country from Strodehne to Meyenburg. The parade will be complemented by a newly designed Partnerlook! Kilt, made by designer Andrea Chappell and brought from Scotland to be exhibited in the Fashion Museum.
The approx. 90 km route is split into three hiking days, linking with friends and colleagues along the way to include Festland e.V. („Dorfmacht Oper“) in Klein Leppin and Kunstfreunde Pritzwalk e.V. Participants can walk the whole procession, or on individual days.
Each day relates to a socio-political theme relevant to life in rural Europe today, looking at old and not so-old symbols and traditions on the way. To help unearth new and old patterns, representatives from culture, politics and other walks of life will accompany the march on the corresponding day.
Oven and Opera: Patterns of rural cultural diversity
How is cultural diversity defined? Who decides what (good) culture is and what role plays ethnic diversity. What are our responses to the established and often imposed divides between the rural and the urban in arts development?
Kittelschürze and Kilt: Patterns of local-global in international dialogue and exchange
Where are we different and what do we have in common? What defines identity of a nation, a region, a place? Regarding nationalist movements in Europe today - how can international, interregional collaborations be shaped meaningfully between locally focused art institutions and their stakeholders? Homesick versus Farsick.
Clichés and Contrasts: Patterns of work, womanhood and gender in rural areas
What are past and current images of country-women today? How are gender roles expressed in rural locations? What do rural/traditional women’s skills and values contribute to the dialogue?
Moderated by artist Gabriele Konsor, the hike will start at 9.30 am on the day of German Unity, 3 October, from Strodehne with a community parade organised with local folks who will accompany the walkers onto their way out of the village.
The walk will finish at Fashion Museum Schloss Meyenburg on 5 October in the afternoon with a celebratory picnic in the Schlossgarten.
Day 1: Strodehne –Klein Leppin, approx. 30 km
Day 2: Klein Leppin – Pritzwalk, approx. 30 km
Day 3: Pritzwalk – Meyenburg, approx. 20 km
Contact for logistics and press: Gabriele Konsor, email@example.com
Contact for advice on the walk, fitness, equipment: Claudia Zeiske, firstname.lastname@example.org
* The Kittelschürze is a pinafore style apron traditionally worn by housewives and women at work in Germany.