Wunder der Prärie 2021

Wunder der Prärie: CARE CITY   30.09.-10.10.2021



International Live Art-Festival from September 30. - October 10. 2021

In 1969 US-American artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles wrote the “Manifesto for Maintenance Art”, which became a founding text for feminist art. In it, the artist and mother Laderman Ukeles claimed her own daily care-work as artistic expression and hence devoted her career to the social field of care work. Inspired by Laderman Ukeles and the current wave of feminist and post-feminist live art, biennale festival “Wunder der Prärie” devotes this year’s edition to the themes of care and maintenance. “Wunder der Prärie - Care City” seeks to contribute to the valuing of professional and domestic care-work as well as to highlight the many political fights for gender equality, sustainability and ecological awareness all across the world.

In an open call, the festival invites five artists from Asia and Europe to create artistic responses to Laderman Ukeles’ manifesto and to realize them within their immediate working and living environment. A live art showcase will present over the course of ten days premieres and guest performances by artists Nina Gühlstorff (D), Olivia Hyunsin Kim (D), Krõõt Juraak & Alex Bailey (A), Amanda Piña (CHILE/A), Oblivia (FIN), Doris Uhlich & Wolfgang Sautermeister (A/D), Antje Velsinger (D) and David Weber-Krebs (B) as well as a Pop Up-Academy, talks and exhibitions - all of it set in an organically growing architecture designed by Bureau Baubotanik.

Already in July and August 2021, three discussion and meeting events under the title CARE CITY CENTER will take place, in cooperation with the collective Matriarchale Volksküche, the city of Mannheim and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Baden-Württemberg. 

Cooperating Partners: Sophiensaele Berlin, Staatstheater Karlsruhe, PETA Theatre Manila, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stadtraumservice Mannheim, Strategische Steuerung Stadt Mannheim. Made possible through the generous support by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Kulturamt Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung, Allianz Kulturstiftung and others. 

Detailed program will follow soon!