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Swill - Lilly Maetzig


Tue 25 Aug 2015, 10:00am–6:00pm
Wed 26 Aug 2015, 10:00am–6:00pm
Thu 27 Aug 2015, 10:00am–8:00pm
Fri 28 Aug 2015, 10:00am–8:00pm
Sat 29 Aug 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Absolution Gallery, Shop 7, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: absolution

swill - Lilly Maetzig

3rd - 29th August 2015
Opening Monday 3rd August at 5.30pm

"I recently learned that there are fewer women (4.1%) who are CEO’s of large US companies than there are men named John (5.3%).

This body of work explores the transition of gender roles in the workplace and the relationship between that and everyday, banal objects and tasks.
We have come a long way from that of, say, 50 years ago, when it would be the assumed role of the female, probably wife, to offer houseguests a cup of tea. That assumption is much less true today; it could very easily be anybody who is hosting, male or female, to offer guests a drink. But move that situation to a corporate office and swap the houseguests for a client, and you can assume a female assistant or colleague would be the one to offer a drink; while the CEO may well be named John.

I am using teabags as a way to explore the banality and the everyday and ingrained nature of these gestures. It is easy to be blind to the assumed role of genders when it is so normal to offer somebody something to drink.

I am lucky in my own workplace that males and females are treated equally. However, in talking about my work with people around me, I hear time and time again that they agree with the statement that the women in the workplace end up doing the dishes, cleaning communal areas or making cups of tea. It isn't part of their job description, but it is an ingrained notion that these tasks are generally done by females of the workplace. I find it immensely interesting to learn about and to question these conventional norms.

This body of work is both a celebration of the distance we have come, but also it is an urge to continue in the movement toward equality."

Drinks and nibbles supplied.

With a huge thanks to Lonsdale Architectural and Three Boys Brewery!

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