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.

Women allowed to wear trousers 2013

Paris: A 200-year-old law forbidding women to wear trousers in Paris has finally been revoked.

On January 31, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France’s minister of women’s rights, made it officially impossible to arrest a woman for wearing trousers in the French capital.

Read the whole article here.

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