Eight Cubic Meters by Sonia Kazovsky: The Lowell Re:Offering

Conjuring the ghosts of Lowell for the second time

Opening: Thursday 2 February, 17.00h
Exhibition runs until: 31 March

by Sonia Kazovsky 
Design Daria Kiseleva 
Installation Oded Yadin Rimon 
Special 3D thanks to Omri Bigetz 

The Lowell Re:Offering is an ongoing publishing project that takes the form of a scripted play. Its premise is a contemporary reading of historical texts, published by female mill workers, a factory in Lowell, Massachusetts. The original periodical, The Lowell Offering, was published between 1840-1845, presenting a depository of poetry, fiction, reflections on labor and employment conditions. While The Lowell Offering might be seen as an instance of an emancipatory process, by employing the genre of horror, the Re:offering asks to hold it together with the context of its production: the settler colony; enslaved people's labor; the factory and exploitative mechanisms; the institute of marriage; all embody violent forms of societal reproduction. The summoning of the ghosts of Lowell, unveil the mundanity of the reproductive catastrophe. A catastrophe of repetition and of separateness, in which the emancipation of one body is entangled with the oppression of another.