By Nadine van den Bosch

Since the beginning of their collaboration, Elise Ehry & Kitty Maria van Ekeren (1991 & 1992) have kept unfolding the figure of the hostess and the ways in which she can retire from duty. This withdrawal from ‘duty’ signified a broader resistance towards the historical interweaving of gender and labour, and specifically the mystification of the female sexe for commercial purposes, stripping her of her own desires to be of service to others.

In this collaboration, they have merged their backgrounds of fashion and performance and gather once a year to rethink and reconfigure the idea of the hostess and to experiment with performative gestures.