Due to the lockdown, the festival exhibition turned into a showcase edition and almost all events took place digitally. Thanks to everyone who came to visit the exhibition despite wind and rain, as well as to everyone who brought life to the online workshops and discussions!
Adela Bravo Sauras, Marula Di Como, Maternal Fantasies, Lisa Glauer, Núria Güell, Eliana Heredia, Valentina Karga (in Kooperation mit Mina e.V.), hands.on.matter, The Feminist Needlework Party, Tabita Rezaire, Valeria Schwarz and Anaïs Senli.
Photos: Patricia Escriche
Who Cares? Feminist Art Festival 2020 hosted a variety of workshops, events and discussions like:
CIRCLE #2 A RESTING INFRASTRUCTURE
This is the only event that could take place in person with artist Valentina Karga and the participants from Mina e.V., as the date was before the lockdown. During the inclusive workshop, the participants with special needs colored pillows and blankets with natural earth pigments. These were supposed to act as a spatial infrastructure, inviting the festival visitors to rest in a soft space. After the showcase exhibition, the objects were distributed to the participants.
Photos: Katja Volkenant
PLEASURE IS SERVED, MADAM. A WINDOW FOR REIFICATION
During the 1:1 online performance, personal time windows with the artist Adela Bravo Sauras could be booked. In a direct dialogue, ideals of sexuality from a female perspective were formed and communicated.
Dressed in bathrobes and prepared with some sewing equipment and an attentive mind, the participants and Feminist Needlework Party (FHP) questioned the established societal hierarchy between body and mind work. Whilst repairing broken clothes with a new knitting technique, FHP read their Manifest of the Sewing Party out loud, which was then collectively discussed during the handicraft activity.
LOHNT SICH KÜMMERN?
In the frame of a self-awareness online workshop, participants discussed the value of care work in private everyday life with medical anthropologist, gestalt therapist Johanna Fröhlich Zapata (Alltagsfeminismus ®). Care tasks like cooking, playing, etc., 80% of which are done by women, were calculated in monetary value with the underlying question: how feminist are we really? In a silent discussion, participants brainstormed how to change that reality. Take a look at some of the outcomes:
ENCOUNTER WITH ANOTHER CAMILLE
On Friday, December 12th at 7pm the virtual version of the hypnotic tour by artist Valeria Schwarz took place with professional hypnotherapist Katharina Auer.
“Camille is an endangered species. She walks through the jungle discreetly but with the confidence of someone that has an incommensurable strength. Her legs are thick and powerful. She guides you through her territory, she is the guardian of the jungle. You follow her curiously, naively. You can feel how she is surrounded by an aura of mystery. Camille has the charm of pure beauty mixed with tenacious ferocity. You imagine Camille´s ability to climb the trees quickly, to swim in torrents , to walk for hours without getting tired. You know she can run fast, faster than you, and you know she is a dangerous predator. You imagine Camille hiding in the jungle, invisible behind the vegetation, waiting patiently for her prey to come and then pouncing. But you also know Camille wants you to transcend your human experience, she wants to show you how change is possible, SHE wants YOU to understand. Camille is the symbol of vigor and wisdom. She is the hunter that takes care of the entrance to the magic world. And you let yourself be guided to that magic world. Serenely and confidently” (fragment of Encounter with Another Camille).
VISIONEN EINER FÜRSORGLICHEN GESELLSCHAFT (VISIONS OF A CARING SOCIETY)
“This is a society I am dreaming of. A society in which an old person is being taken care of collectively. A society that raises kids together. (…) in which everyone shares responsibility.” (Yildiz Akgün during the talk)
Talking about the possibilities of a caring society Yildiz Akgün (speaker of the inclusive association Mina e.V.), artist Valentina Karga (teacher at Hamburg University for arts HFBK), artist Magdalena Kallenberger (speaker of art collective Maternal Fantasies) and Johanna Fröhlich Zapata (founder of Alltagsfeminismus ®) contributed ideas and desirable steps needed to pave the way to a daily practice of care. Thank you so much for the moderation, dear Sarah Ulrich (TAZ journalist)! Everyone who couldn’t attend the online discussion can listen to it online as episode 6. from the feminist TAZ Podcast We Care.
Ilustration: IG: finsterperk
In our Instagram feed we publish interviews with the artists, who speak about their contributions to the festival, as well as about art in times of lockdown.