A day long baking, ritual and dialogue process for self defining men
'Patriarchy is the single most life-threatening social disease assaulting the male body and spirit in our nation. Yet most men do not use the word “patriarchy” in everyday life. Most men never think about patriarchy—what it means, how it is created and sustained.’ (bell hooks, Understanding Patriarchy)
Men Baking Bread invites men to come together and consider their relationship to, benefit from, complicity with, oppression by and desire to dismantle the 'white supremacist patriarchal capitalist system' (bell hooks), and to bake bread.
As with the umbrella practice The Bakery Of Slow Ideas, this project was born out of a recognition of the necessity for space to dialogue and digest important issues collectively. It prioritises (through processes of consideration) the recognition and limitation of the collateral damage of our actions in the world.
The project is both a publication and a series of baking days. The Publication is the transcript of conversations with several feminist artists - activists - pedagogs. Each of the baking days commences with a listening practice where a chapter of the publication is read aloud and acts as the stimulus for the dialogues that occur throughout the day's process.