We publish here a mail that we sent recently as a response to an organisation. We believe it is an important discussion to have between artists and organisations and this is why we are making it public. It is not about this specific case rather about the system in which we are working in general.
Thanks for your reply.
As much as you are, we are also working a lot at the moment running Unfolding Routines and other projects as well as expanding MOHA to different places. We are therefore in a point where we do not need anymore just a platform to show our work. Because we have been working very independently for quite some time, carrying a lot of financial, production, communication work on our shoulders, the collaborations we are looking for now, are the ones who can share this work with us. We realised that those should be the conditions if we want to have a sustainable practice.
We understand that you provide a good platform for many artists who need visibility in this city. This is necessary and in this sense it is great that you can offer this opportunity to people. Nevertheless if you are looking for artistic and social practices to connect to the neighbourhood surrounding your structure and to expand your audience, and if you ask people who have already quite some experience in doing so, you should be able to offer more than just a platform. We understand that your financial system doesn't allow that, but this is where the problem is. We need in the field to rethink this system. Platforms like yours need artists in order to exist and it can't be that artists need to do everything to support themselves and their project, ending up having barely a salary to survive, while the organisations are often run by a team with a monthly salary. We are happy these people have proper conditions to live, this is not the point, but we are just saying that obviously something is not working somewhere and instead of keeping and protecting this system we should all ally so that we can slowly change it.
This statement is more of a general statement, a collection of different experiences we had as MOHA. It is not per se addressed to you directly. We just felt that it was important to share it with you. I hope you understand. We would be happy if you like some days to think along with you and your team on how to expand your structure, how to think with different models.
Thank you for your time and understanding,
Alice and Olivia