Curator's Key

Rosemarie Trockel, "Made West in Germany" (1987)
 Rosemarie Trockel Made in Western Germany  (1987)

"While it’s often assumed that Trockel was taking aim at the conventional gendering of women’s work, craft, and the domestic by replacing the handmade artisanal object with a mechanically produced artefact, I found her aim more pointed. The manufacturing of textiles was among the first forms of manual labour to be mechanised, and women were thus the first workers to be subject to industrialism’s oppressive labour practices..."


– This text appears in Spike Art Quarterly #57. You can buy it in our online shop –