A large-scale sculpture of a bird will be installed on the floor of het Oog (the museum’s open-air gallery). Visitors will be able to walk around and on the sculpture. The sculpture is Eimear Walshe's interpretation of a cuckoo: the bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other bird species and leaves others to raise her young.
In the English language, the abbreviation ‘cuck’ takes on a negative meaning for men who look after another person’s children. The term is also used by the American alt-right movement to describe immigrants, the LGBTI community, feminists, socialists and anti-racists.
In this project, Walshe (1992, Ireland) re-appropriates the term ‘cuck’ and stresses the need to oppose political divisions. Together with performance artist, Maïa Nunes, they will post online on themes they believe to be neglected in standard sex education, such as pleasure, power and rejection. As part of this, they will work with the Van Abbemuseum Choir, students from the Design Academy Eindhoven and the queer constituency active within the museum.
This project is an extension of a project Walshe set up in 2018 in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum and the Design Academy Eindhoven called The Department of Sexual Revolution Studies.