Why is gender relevant?

Melanie Bonajo’s sculptures, photographs, performances, and publications offer a break—a suspended moment in digital time. The Berlin and Amsterdam-based artist, whose solo show, “One Question, Three Rooms, 44 Possible Answers” is on view through March 30 at New York’s P.P.O.W., makes work that employs a unique strain of raw immediacy; women hold handwritten cardboard signs to participate in performative events that seem unscripted and passionately reactionary.

Themes of gender, animal nature, household space, domesticity, and primitive attempts at forging a relation with an environment are all present in Bonajo’s work. In one portion of the gallery, the artist displays three panels of handwritten text on cardboard, propped against the wall. The text is a swirling array of existential questions, with queries such as, “Why is gender relevant?” and “Is faith an efficient parasite?” In another section, the Bonajo displays a photograph of a woman, lying naked on a kitchen counter, above an open mini-refrigerator, her body covered in clay and stuck with lit birthday candles—at once referencing a familiar domestic scene and a certain symbolic ritualism. “The border between private and public interests me.” Bonajo says. “Especially how we define our comfort zone. What are contemporary territories of intimacy?”

Hele artikel: interviewmagazine


101ste Internationale Vrouwendag

Op de 101ste Internationale Vrouwendag besluit ik Paradiso dit jaar links te laten liggen maar de gratis rondleiding door de expositie 1001 vrouwen uit de Nederlandse geschiedenis spreekt me wel aan. De expositie Divine Surprise die vandaag opent (en wel in het Bijbels Museum) spreekt me ook aan. Door een vriendje werd ik getipt op de verhalen die in het Veemtheater worden verteld. En misschien dat ik toch ook nog even langs de Dam loop. Hoeveel mensen komen er op zoiets af? Midden op de dag in 2013. De zon schijnt en niks hoeft.

Verslag V-Day One Billion Rising

From a Debate in UK Parliament to a Human Chain in Bangladesh, Dancing in Kabul and Tripoli to rallies in Steubenville, One Billion Rose in City Halls, Schools, Public Spaces, and More

(20 February 2013) – 14 February 2013 marked the largest global action in history to end violence against women and girls. V-Day’s ONE BILLION RISING campaign leveraged the strength of V-Day’s 15-year activist network to mobilize over a billion people worldwide, inspiring women and men in 207 countries to come together and express their outrage, and to strike, dance and RISE against violence.

Zie hier het hele persbericht met filmpjes, links en achtergrondinfo over de resultaten.

About V-Day One Billion Rising

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events organized by volunteer activists in the U.S. took place around the world educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements including Worth Magazine’s 100 Best Charities, Marie Claire Magazine’s Top Ten Charities, one of the Top-Rated organizations on Philanthropedia/Guidestar and Great Nonprofits. www.vday.org

The Aftermath of Women’s Writing en de Anna Bijns Lezing

“It’s because you’re a woman, friends said to me. And what did they mean by that, by the word woman? A person hemmed in by regulations, from whose mouth certain things ought not to be heard? Or, a person in whom society has a vested interest, but against whom there is at the same time discrimination, both social and intellectual? One friend said, look at what women are writing these days: pornography and history. Lifestyle pornography, emotional pornography, works of onanistic sentimentality; or else history, for the woman with nothing to sell, who would prefer to avoid the question of life. Life is unsafe, and history is concluded: she can be clever there, and studious; she can wander there for hours, quite free. Oh yes, said my friend – and I forgot to mention children’s books.”

Op donderdag 22 november vond de eerste editie plaats van een nieuw literair fenomeen: de Anna Bijns Lezing. Met deze jaarlijkse lezing wil de Anna Bijns Stichting sprekers voor het voetlicht brengen die een prikkelend en vernieuwend perspectief hebben op de rol van de vrouw in de literatuur, zowel vanuit historisch als hedendaags perspectief. Door gerenommeerde sprekers uit het buitenland uit te nodigen, wil de stichting het nog immer actuele discours rondom ‘vrouwen en literatuur’ in een internationale context plaatsen.

Rachel Cusk hield de eerste Anne Bijns Lezing. Een vertaling van een verkorte versie verscheen 31 november 2012 in NRC Handelsblad. Zie hier haar hele lezing.

De Britse auteur Rachel Cusk bijt met haar lezing The Aftermath of Women’s Writing de spits af. Cusk, die romans schreef als In het land van moedersArlington Park en De Bradshaw-variaties en door het tijdschriftGranta werd verkozen tot een van de twintig beste jonge Britse auteurs van dit moment, stelt in haar oeuvre  taboes rondom vrouw-zijn en man-vrouwverhoudingen op een intelligente, provocerende en genadeloze manier aan de orde. In haar lezing daagt zij vrouwelijke auteurs uit om uit hun comfortzone te stappen en, waar nodig, hun vrouwelijke verworvenheden te laten vallen ten behoeve van een literatuur die ertoe doet.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama pledges support for one billion rising

December 13, 2012


V-Day Campaign Escalates, Draws Support of Thinkers, Writers, Activists, and Celebrities, as Global Day of Action Draws Near

December 13, 2012 – Today V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, announced that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has publicly expressed his support of V-Day’s ONE BILLION RISING campaign.

The ONE BILLION RISING campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities and women and men across the world will come together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.

On December 8, 2012 His Holiness sent a personally signed note to campaign organizers saying:

I am happy to give my support to the One Billion Rising global campaign against violence against women and girls.

We need to use our common sense, and encourage others to use theirs, to understand what violence towards women and girls entails. There are no circumstances under which such violence can be justified; no benefit can even be achieved by violence. The only certainty is that where there is violence, always and inevitably there is suffering. Understanding that the nature of violence is suffering, leads to a clear understanding its harmfulness and futility.

When an unjust situation demands a strong response, compassion demands not that we accept injustice, but that we stake a stand against it. It does imply that such a stand should be non-violent. However, non-violence is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of self-confidence and courage.

If, on 14th February 2013, one billion people can celebrate and demonstrate against violence against women and girls, while maintaining a calm non-violence attitude themselves, in that indication of strength they will reveal the confidence that comes from having truth and justice on your side.

The Dalai’s Lama’s support is an important milestone in V-Day’s fastest escalating campaign to date. The global movement has gained unprecedented support from hundreds of thousands around the world in the lead up to February 14, 2013. To date:

  • Activists in 177 countries have signed on to take action.
  • Over 13,000 diverse organizations around the globe are involved, including Amnesty International USA, International Rescue Committee, NOW, Human Rights Campaign, and major unions including the AFL-CIO.
  • Actors and V-Day board members Jane Fonda, Rosario Dawson, Donna Karan, Thandie Newton, Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington along with Yoko Ono, Jessica Alba, Connie Britton, Kate Clinton, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Dylan McDermott, Robert Redford, Lily Tomlin, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Zoe Kravitz supporting the mission by recording PSAs and activating their networks.
  • Governments and politicians around globe including the First Lady of Nepal, the Mayor of Lima, the Los Angeles City Council, British MP Stella Creasy, and many others are joining the campaign.
  • Writers and thinkers including Alice Walker, Adam Hochschild, Naomi Klein, Dr. Denis Mukwege, and Christiane Northrup are raising their voices for ONE BILLION RISING.

Press Contacts: Jen Hirsch: jhirsch@groupsjr.com; 646.495.9723 and Susan Celia Swan: susan@vday.org; 917.865.6603

Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine…

“Dear Todd Akin,

I am writing to you tonight about rape. It is 2 AM and I am unable to sleep here in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am in Bukavu at the City of Joy to serve and support and work with hundreds, thousands of women who have been raped and violated and tortured from this ceaseless war for minerals fought on their bodies.

I am in Congo but I could be writing this from anywhere in the United States, South Africa, Britain, Egypt, India, Philippines, most college campuses in America. I could be writing from any city or town or village where over half a billion women on the planet are raped in their lifetime.

Mr. Akin, your words have kept me awake.

As a rape survivor, I am reeling from your recent statement where you said you misspoke when you said that women do not get pregnant from legitimate rape, and that you were speaking “off the cuff.”

Clarification. You didn’t make some glib throw away remark. You made a very specific ignorant statement clearly indicating you have no awareness of what it means to be raped. And not a casual statement, but one made with the intention of legislating the experience of women who have been raped. Perhaps more terrifying: it was a window into the psyche of the GOP.

You used the expression “legitimate” rape as if to imply there were such a thing as “illegitimate” rape. Let me try to explain to you what that does to the minds, hearts and souls of the millions of women on this planet who experience rape. It is a form of re-rape. The underlying assumption of your statement is that women and their experiences are not to be trusted. That their understanding of rape must be qualified by some higher, wiser authority. It delegitimizes and undermines and belittles the horror, invasion, desecration they experienced. It makes them feel as alone and powerless as they did at the moment of rape.”


Eve Ensler
Bukavu, Congo

Klik hier voor het hele artikel op http://www.huffingtonpost.com dd 20 augustus 2012