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WHAT IN ME IS FEMININE ?, Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv

What in me is feminine?

November 19 – December 21, 2015
opening 19.11.2015 at 6 pm

Visual Culture Research Center
44, Hlybochytska Street
Kyiv, Ukraine

The Polish-Ukrainian exhibition of feminist art, dedicated to the topic of “femininity” in the society, will be held at the Visual Culture Research Center (Kyiv) from November 19 to December 21. Today we live in a world, where realization of political demand for equality of sexes has become possible despite real or imaginary differences between them. This implies a need for comprehensive reflection on cases of discrimination, as well as an analysis of “masculine” and “feminine” constructs. When talking about the “female”, it is important to give a voice to women themselves. The exhibition is aimed at presenting art works, through which women artists speak about the existence of women in history and at present, gender roles, as well as about women’s corporality, practices, and rituals of life.

In Poland, feminist topics have been raised in art as early as the 1970s and then had a significant surge in the 1990s. The Polish women artists thoroughly elaborate on the topic of female corporality and subjectivity. One of the landmark works of Polish feminists of the 1990s will be shown at the exhibition among the works of the last decade. The Ukrainian part of the exhibition will feature the latest works of the women artists who explore different aspects of the “feminine” and also demonstrate a poignant response to the current condition of the Ukrainian society. Gender issues in their works permeate the questions of identity, history, love, and war.

Oksana Briukhovetska

Women artists Poland: Anna Baumgart, Iwona Demko, Zuzanna Janin, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Urszula Kluz-Knopek, Anka Leśniak, Aleka Polis, Alicja Żebrowska.
Ukraine: Oksana Briukhovetska, Ksenia Gnylytska, Grycja Erde, Alina Yakubenko, Alina Kleitman, Alina Kopytsia. Iryna Kudria, Maria Kulykivska, Valentyna Petrova.

Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC) was founded in 2008 as a platform for collaboration between academic, artistic, and activist communities. VCRC is an independent initiative, which is engaged in publishing and artistic activities, scientific research, organization of public lectures, discussions, and conferences. In 2015 Visual Culture Research Center received the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award. 

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