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Symposium II: ‘Curating and Feminism Today’The symposium addresses the apparent growing interest in feminism within contemporary art practice and curating. It provides introductions to recent projects by various international curators. They will reflect on their various approaches, and on the way feminist thinking influences their curatorial practice in general. The symposium takes place within the framework of the exhibition ‘Just in Time’
Stedelijk Museum CS at Club 11
December 7, 2006
With (a.o.): Mirjam Westen, Heike Munder (tbc) and Bettina Steinbruegge.
I atttended the first symposium at the de balie a couple of weeks ago and the two shows at the de appel and the stedlijk museum, then the second symposium.
Exhibition De Appel November 17, 2006 - January 7, 2007
With: Alexandra Bachzetsis & Lies Vanborm, Bless, Kate Davis, Pascale Gatzen & Myrza de Mynck, Karl Holmqvist, Jutta Koether, Claudia & Julia Müller, Isabel Nolan, Paulina Olowska, Falke Pisano, Stefanie Seibold, Lucy Skaer, Frances Stark, Lily van der Stokker, Sue Tompkins, Haegue Yang and a selection from the archive of de Appel.
Symposium I: ‘Feminist Legacies and Potentials in Contemporary Art Practice’
De Balie November 18, 2006
With (a.o.): Iris van der Tuin, Helena Reckitt, Daria Martin, Aneta Szylak, Karl Holmqvist and Sue Tompkins.
Insert in ’Just in Time’
Stedelijk Museum CS December 1, 2006 - March 11, 2007
With: The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar & Kodwo Eshun) and a selection from the archive of the Stedelijk Museum CS.
Mirjam Westen is an art historian, art critic and curator at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (NL). She has shown an ongoing interest in the reflection on art historical, critical and contemporary curatorial production as “representational practices which actively produce definitions of sexual difference and contribute to the configuration of sexual politics and power relations”.
Her curated projects include shows by Lida Abdul, Lily van der Stokker and Kara Walker.
This is an interview with Jeanne Heeswijk
Dunja Kukovec & Katja Kobolt
Dunja Kukovec and Katja Kobolt are curators of the 2007 - 2009 programme of the international, transdisciplinary festival “City of Women” that takes place annually in Ljubljana focusing on a different thematic.
Heike Munder is based in Zürich where she is director of the Migros Museum for contemporary art.
Most recently she curated "It's Time for Action (There´s No Option) - About Feminism".
The exhibition title «It’s Time For Action (There's No Option)» quotes Yoko Ono’s song of the same name recorded in 2000 and stands for the common attitude shared by the female artists of the group exhibition.
This exhibition has gathered works of various generations of female artists that share a similarity in approach and attitude, including work by Patty Chang, Yoko Ono, Annie Sprinkle and Mathilde der Heijne.
Bettina Steinbrügge is the artistic director of Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, where she just co-curated “Cooling Out - On the paradox of feminism”.
Cooling Out - on the paradox of feminism
This exhibition revolves around the question to what an extent our societies still consider the female body the basis of women's identity, by looking into approaches currently taken by young "post-feminist" artists, such as 3 Hamburger Frauen, Dani Gal, Andrea Geyer/ Sharon Hayes, Katrin Mayer, Josephine Meckseper, and Mosh Mosh.
But by and large it seems as if the women’s movement has become a victim of its own success and has brought about its own demise, as mostly young women, when being confronted with such issues as equitable participation in education and equal opportunities, don’t actually seem to notice the areas in which they are still substantially disadvantaged. Hence, they often display negative knee-jerk reactions to and a hostile attitude towards mainstream feminism or “affirmative action” and quotas for women, and this simply because they don’t realize that shortcomings still exist and don’t want to be branded as putative victims. For this reason, the term “feminism” has come to be negatively connoted.
...Even though many demands made by the feminist movement have clearly been met, the cultural image of women still leaves a lot to be desired. There is a certain backlash regarding the image of women: In a time of crisis in employment markets outdated concepts on the division of labor continue to hold sway, as demands for autonomy and full equality are not given the weight they deserve. To what an extent do our societies, men and women alike, still consider the female body the basis of women’s identity? When talking about the return of sexism, the question arises as to how young female artists deal with these phenomena.
Ana Martinez-Collado (tbc)
Ana Martinez-Collado, who has just curated “Cyberfem: Feminisms in the Electronic Landscape” at Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castello (EACC) in Castelló, Spain