Marianna Dellekamp began her research at Casa Gallina by approaching a group of neighbors interested in knitting. Dellekamp has experience in collective projects in which she has relied on collaborations with different groups responding to her open announcements. Her work is linked to photography and to other research tools, such as collecting, reorganizing, and resignifying different materials.
Presentation of the Proposal
After several sessions, a group of thirteen neighbors is formed with the purpose of knitting and talking in two-hour weekly meetings. Dellekamp invites participants to bring an object that is significant in their lives in order to build a collection of their relevant objects.
The artist begins the model and casts of the objects that participants shared with the group; then she will build the metal elements for the bracelet to be presented to the group, as well as the porcelain objects that will be part of the piece.
Closure of the Project
Marianna Dellekamp ends the weekly discussions with a group of women neighbors, who met during recent months to design a collaborative project. During this session participants exchange experiences and they deliver a bracelet made of porcelain objects provided by each participant.
Participants are invited to break the porcelain pieces in their object. The pieces are then repaired according to the notion that broken parts and repairs should not be hidden, since they reflect their history.