Women's stories 30.05 – 01.07.2019. Museum of Contemporary Art

Women's stories 30.05 – 01.07.2019. Museum of Contemporary Art
Pariska 14, Belgrade, Serbia
30.May.2019 - 01.Jul.2019

Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art
May 24- July 1 2019
Author: Mišela Blanuša
Artists: Gorana Bačevac, Svetlana Bulatović, Sanja Ćopić, Andrea Dramićanin, Nadežda Kirćansk, Jelena Pantelić and Tijana Radenković

The exhibition “Women’s Stories” at the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art aims to present and affirm the status of young women artists in the local art scene. Unburdened by the history of feminist activism and the socio-political struggle for women’s rights and equality, these young authors are facing personal struggles and re-examining their own identities, as women and as artists. In this exhibition, Gorana Bačevac, Svetlana Bulatović, Sanja Ćopić, Andrea Dramićanin, Jelena Pantelić, Nadežda Kirćanski and Tijana Radenković are showcasing works that re-examine the position of women from the perspective of women artists through personal narratives, which centre around ‘women’ as category of social identity. Furthermore, their analysis re-examines ‘women’ as an allegory, as a subject and an object of sexual fantasy and desire, either in the context of an introspective relationship or as a product of contemporary consumer driven society of spectacle. At the same time, this social system that hails young women as a societal ideal, often times lead them to auto-destruction. In this context it is particularly important to hear the stories and stances of young women, and how they perceive current women’s issues, that are in fact social issues. Some of the works in the exhibition highlight the conflicting situation of women artists, who not only perceive themselves as subjects that speak freely in a patriarchal social system, but also as objects of personal and social critique. The selected artists are characterized by a unique sensibility towards the society they live in – their empathy, apathy, emotionality and affinity for an intimate approach toward oneself and others can also be understood as a marker of their status as women. Each artist in her specific way brings forth her vision of the contemporary woman and artist, while uncovering all the complexities of these terms.

Throughout the 20th and 21st century there has been an abundance of interpretations and polemics related to issues of women, women artists and their status, researching and revalorising the position of women artists in art history, and interpreting current artistic practices of women artists. The question of female representation in museum collections, and more generally their visibility in the contemporary art scene has been a prevailing topic for some time in international discourses. Despite great strides toward the emancipation of women and gender equality, evident in the first, second and third waves of feminism and in the development of feminist studies, women still face barriers within patriarchal socio-political state-run systems.

Regardless of their emancipation, the status of women is still inferior in economic, educational and cultural terms. The activism and the fight for women’s rights has served as the impetus for feminist art, which is characterized by the examination of the socio-political status of women in culture and society, the status of women as artists, their psychology, sexuality, fantasies and the realization of their ambitions within the social collective. There is artistic production by women artists that advances feminist values and beliefs. However, the formal and substantive structure of these artworks can in certain cultural contexts be interpreted as not strictly feminist but specifically female. This is the case with the majority of works in this exhibition that bring forward a new form of female expression in contemporary artistic practice.


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