Sep 28th 2022

Tanda: Labor, Care, Rest and the Maternal Roots of the Gift Economy

@ Chuquimarca


Opening Wednesday, September 28th, from 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Tanda: Labor, Care, Rest and the Maternal Roots of the Gift Economy

Date: Wednesday, 09/29/2022
Time: 6:30-8:30pm ct / 7:30-9:30 et / 4:30-6:30pm pt
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Labor, Care, Rest and the Maternal Roots of the Gift Economy | Jessica Caldas

I am interested in the ways Motherhood reflects the toxic relationship our culture has with labor and rest and the way motherhood challenges this culture through its inherent reliance on community and gift economies to function. Motherhood (or parenthood for birthing persons who do not identify as women) is a kind of ultimate relationship of reciprocity and one that our society relies on without fail and without recognition. This subject is a specific investigation into a foundation of ideas for new work titled Nesting, within a series I have been creating for some years now called tired bodies. How does the commodification of motherhood play into other consumer cultural notions of rest and labor, further complicated by gender, identity, and other social forces? What role can motherhood (as both a community building and gift economy) combat toxic relationships to rest and labor in our culture?

Jessica Caldas is a Puerto Rican American, Florida and Georgia based, artist, advocate, and activist. Caldas has participated in numerous artist residencies, including the Vermont Studio Center in 2020, and the Art on the Atlanta Beltline Artist Residency in 2020-2021. She is currently a 2022-2023 MOCA GA Working Artist Prize Recipient.


Join us in any of these Tanda sessions to share conversations, resources, and knowledge.

09/28 : Labor, Care, Rest and the Maternal Roots of the Gift Economy | Jessica Caldas
10/05 : Ecologies of Impairment: Farm labor and Disability | Cielo Saucedo
10/12 : Urban Palimpsest, Collaged Spatiality: Mapping the Mecca | Roland Knowlden
10/19 : Monastic Making: Public Grieving and Vernacular Art Environments | Gabriel Chalfin-Piney
10/26 : Cumbia/Truth Teller and Backbone | Esperanza Cortés
11/09 : Video Game Non-Architecture: Digital Spaces and Their Impact | Jalyn Haynes

No session on 11/02. Sessions are virtual, free and open to the public. Closed captioning available. Recordings of Tandas are not posted online.


Tanda is a cohort program that aids individuals with their research and practice through self-directed and collective learning. It is a program providing time and space to gather, share, think and exchange conversations, resources, and knowledge on participants’ chosen topics and practices.

Chuquimarca is an art library project tasked to gather and share resources related to contemporary art and art histories. They offer a seasonal research group program known as Tanda and a summer art writing program known as Muña. Chuquimarca is based in Chicago, IL.

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