Residency artists and researchers Multidisciplinary art Kavachi Visual Artist Photo: Jussi Virkkumaa I vacuumed the house He mopped the floor I took the trash out He cooked for me and I washed the dishes He cleaned the bathroom I wiped the window and He put up the curtains I washed the sheets He made the bed I set the alarm He turned off the bedside lamp I scratched his back He made a coffee I read a poem He watered the plants I changed the water in the aquarium He did the laundry and I hung up the laundry He hammered a nail in the wall I hung a painting He ironed my shirt I repaired a hole in his t-shirt He turned on the radio I cut his hair He cut mine And We welcomed the guests together. At Saari, I am working on a text-based work titled “We Welcomed The Guests Together”, addressing domestic activities, which occupy our daily life at the home and it also refers to the division of labour for couples and gender roles. Who should do the household chores? During the pandemic, I spent more time at home, and the quarantine process allowed me to question the daily activities in terms of artistic practice. I think we all may realize during the lockdown how much labour goes into running a household. I started the project almost one and a half years ago. I have collected tablecloths, napkins and dishwasher towels from people with different backgrounds. And during my residency, I will continue to collect kitchen fabrics and hear local people’s stories about domestic labour, which will help me to reflect these stories on the collected textile materials by sewing them together with my interpretation. I aim to develop the project by having plenty of working time in outstanding natural surroundings, and I want to exchange ideas with other fellows and read books. Kavachi was born in 1989 in Denizli, Turkey and is based in Germany. He is interested in the performative and emotional aspects of everyday life. He engages in topics such as migration, childhood memories, queer identities, labour and domesticity. His practice ranges from temporary installation to performance, video, drawing and textile-based works. After completing his BA at Sıtkı Koçman University in Muğla and his MFA in Painting at Hacettepe University in Ankara in Turkey, He received an MFA degree from Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus University Weimar in 2018.