100 Jahre Frauenwahlrecht / 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
6th September - 22. September, 2018
Opening: Wednesday, 5th of September / 6pm
Maysedergasse 2/4. Stock (Lift), 1010 Vienna
We stand on the shoulders of giants! Women’s rights may be taken for granted and seem completely normal today but they were fought for and hard-won by women everywhere around the world: From our right to vote, education, owning our own bodies, to work side-by-side with men - and get equally compensated - and the list goes on. Our foremothers have fought for these rights since the end of the 19th century; they have raised their voices and demonstrated on the streets; they have stood up to gender discrimination and labour injustices; and, most importantly, they have succeeded on many grounds. Suffice it so say, we are at a point of no return. Or so we would think...
As we celebrate Austria’s 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, we are also witnessing the subliminal decline in support of women’s issues exerted by conservative politics, marking a huge setback in gender and other social issues around the world. In 2018, female employees are far from getting equal pay; independent (art) institutions with feminist agendas are scrutinised by a cut in fundings; female and queer artists are still underrepresented in exhibitions and the art market, and again, the list goes on. As we move forward, some questions remain: Will women’s struggle ever cease? How can we make sure not to lose the ones already gained? And what will the next generation have to fight for?
The exhibition “Nothing Less” wants to question what constitutes women's rights in Austria and the world today and remind of the feminist legacies we grew used to. We demand nothing less than what was already fought for, than what was already accomplished, than what we have already settled on. We want to move forward on the path that our foremothers have already straightened out for us and strive to leave a balanced society behind for the next generations to come.
“Nothing Less” will encompass a diverse range of artworks, artists, and arguments. The latter will be tackled through a dense public program that ranges from public talks, presentations, performances, and debates. In close collaboration with artists, curators, writers, cultural producers, and activists, the exhibition will take an active part in the discussion on what constitutes women’s rights, gender equality, and queer-feminist art today. In the course of an open call, the curators have invited artists to contribute proposals that are correlating with the questions raised above and subsequently have chosen works and projects that speak to a wide spectrum of gender issues. “Nothing Less” is thus a reflection of the diversity and range of interpretations and opinions on women’s rights past, present, and future. Moreover, the exhibition itself is a representation of the status quo of our cultural scene and its precarious working environment as the participating artists, curators, projects partners, and VBKÖ members do not get paid for their hard work of organizing and setting up this exhibition. Everyone involved is donating their time, energy, knowledge, and expertise.
“Nothing Less” serves as a wake up call to those who take women’s rights and cultural production for granted!
Aline Lara Rezende and Julia Hartmann, the co-founders of SALOON Wien - an international network of women in the arts - have curated the show at the VBKÖ - the Austrian association of female artists - which in itself is a place with great history of women’s emancipation. Since 1912, the VBKÖ plays a vital part in displaying and supporting female artists in Vienna and has mounted many gender specific group exhibitions.
Bernadette Anzengruber, Amanda Gutierrez, Marlene Haring, Zofia Hołubowska, Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo, Lena Rosa Händle, Jorun Jonasson, Annja Krautgasser, Marte Kiessling, Nadine Lemke, Mika Marujama, Marina Markovic, Barbis Ruder, Käthe Schönle, Stefanie Seibold, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, Starsky, Alexandra Tatar, Aiko Tezuka Kurosaki, Danielle Pamp, Petra Paul, Faith Wilding, and Hui Ye.
In cooperation with:
Ariadne Frauendokumentation der ÖNB
Public Program (tbc):
5. September, 6pm: Opening
7. September, 5pm: NO MORE BULLSHIT IN THE ART WORLD in collaboration with Sorority
19. September, 6pm: Presentation of and discussion with feminist activist groups: Frauenvolksbegehren, Sorority, IG Bildende Kunst, Anschläge, Frauensolidarität, One Billion Rising Austria (tbc)
22. September, 4pm: Finissage with Performance by Aiko Tezuka Kurosaki
If you wish to receive an invitation or more information, please contact us under firstname.lastname@example.org