A video project "Milk Debt" by Patty Chang will to be presented at a solo exhibition at 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica in May 2020. (https://18thstreet.org).
Since February 2019, I’ve been working on “Milk Debt,” a multi-part video project of women pumping breast milk while reciting lists of fears. The fears are collected from various communities in specific geographical regions. The title “Milk Debt” refers to the idea in Chinese Buddhism that a child is forever indebted to its mother for the milk she gave. Breast milk is created when the body starts to produce the hormones prolactin and oxytocin. Oxytocin is also produced when one is in love. Milk debt is an arrangement that binds us to our history and to the earth. It is an unpayable debt.
The performance acts as a type of ritual in which the performer channels the fears of others into public speech, in turn, transforming them from the individual into the communal.
In a time when people are impacted by climate change, governmental policies, and lack of resources, it is vital to find ways to connect with others, be inclusive and compassionate and find ways of making meaning in our world.
*Shoot Details :
Performer will read a script from a teleprompter comprised of a ‘list of fears’ while pumping their breast milk with an electric breast pump. Performers must be comfortable with partial nudity.
1. Performer eligibility : Performer must be a lactating female who is physically producing breast milk.
- Black / African descent
- Multiracial / Ethnically ambiguous
- Indigenous people
- Latino / Hispanic
- Middle Eastern
- South Asian / Indian
- Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander
- White / European descent
*Different body types are highly encouraged to apply.
2. Schedule : Rehearsal will be held in December, 2019, dates are TBD. Final shooting will be held in January 2020, dates are TBD.
3. Duration : Each shoot and rehearsal will be 4 hours or less.
4. Location : Los Angeles.
*Project Rate : $200 per shoot (maximum 4 hours) with rehearsal (maximum 4 hours) .
*Instruction to apply : Email directly to [email protected] indicating your name and ethnicity. Applicants should send a short video clip introducing themselves or sharing their experiences of being a mother.