At the end of 2012, Oshin Albrecht and Melissa Mabesoone founded the collective 'buren', 'buren' functions as a noun and a verb, as a name for their collaborative practice.
Through performance, video, text, objects, photography and installation they navigate ideas of community, domesticity, gender, (art) history and neoliberal fantasies. Audiences have situated their oeuvre between the work of Jacques Tati, Chantal Akerman and Tupperware.
buren (BE): SPARE TIME WORK
In times when work-life balance is a hot topic and precarity strikes many, when everything becomes commodity, imagination seeks its way.
What do work and leisure mean in our Western society and for us personally? We harvest performative and textual material from our personal histories - with Melissa as a farmer's daughter and Oshin as a child of shoe shop owners - and link this to the history of leisure and work, the evolution of women's work in Belgium and beyond and the (lack of) representation of the (non) working woman in art history.
SPARE TIME WORK unfolds as an interdisciplinary construction, in which live performance, objects and the playground form a total installation, a ‘PLeisure Garden’, in which the audience takes place.