On International Women’s Day 2017 we had the chance to present IAWM through an exhibition at the European Parliament.
The European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality organized a global forum for gender equality leaders from the European Union Members States and beyond to discuss the topic “Women’s Economic Empowerment. Let’s Act Together!”
IAWM has been invited to embed this two-day-event culturally. Images of artifacts and artworks emphasized the themes of the workshops: women and technology, violence against women, work-life-balance, gender-sensitivity in different countries, and the attainment of UN development goals. 12 members of IAWM from 11 countries in America, Africa, Asia and Europe contributed in the exhibition. Leaflets with further information in four languages (English, German, French, Spanish) accompanied the exhibition and can be downloaded here: Folder IAWM Work 17×23-printfile.
The director of the women’s museum Merano Sissi Prader accompanied the coordinator of IAWM, Astrid Schönweger, to Brussels. During the event Schönweger presented the activities and significance of IAWM and the women’s museums worldwide.
From 20th to 24th March part of the exhibition travelled to New York. It was installed at the European Parliament side event of the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Sigrid Prader (director Women’s Museum Merano) and Astrid Schönweger (coordinator of IAWM)
The new exhibition at the Women’s Museum Hittisau in Austria will be inaugurated on 28 october and focuses on a pressing and much discussed topic: Care.
The exhibition pflege das leben… Betreuung * Pflege * Sorgekultur shows a cultural history of care with a sociopolitical approach, an artistic Oral-History project by Ines Agostinelli and artworks by Judith P. Fischer, Martin Jennings, Heide Heimböck, Kirsten Helfrich, Regina Hügli, Anna Jermolaewa, Dorothea Koch, Mark Riklin, Ronja Svaneborg, and Georg Vith.
Photo: Helmut Klapper, 1974, Frauenmuseum Hittisau
The voluntary organisation “Frammenti di storia al femminile” was founded in Cossano Canavese, Italy in 1998. From its beginnings it was a solid and vibrant center for women’s culture collecting, keeping and spreading aural, written and artefact-based women’s memory. The foundation of a women’s museum is one of the goals of the organisation.
The inspiration of the organisation is the exceptional Giulia Avetta, born in 1908 in Cossano, who dedicated her life to other people.
HERSTORYMUSEUM is a fictional museum founded by artist María María Acha-Kutscher in 2017. Its aim is to show a history of art through a global archive of female artists.
The project turns the artists’ portraits with their works into pictograms. A visual language that reminds us one of the first communication forms in history of humankind. The museum also expands to other circuits different from the art system, like the Internet and public spaces through murals.
HERSTORYMUSEUM adds to the large list of museums created by artists to display impossible worlds or question the status quo of art and join to other initiatives that fight against the invisibility of women artists, to build an inclusive panorama. HERSTORYMUSEUM includes also a narrative that moves away from the concept of “the genius figure” imposed by the patriarchal system, to give access to other ways of doing and seeing art.
60 years ago in 1957 an all women tourist group set out from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock. To celebrate this anniversary SEIT Outback, a member of the women’s museum in Alice Springs, organizes the “Petticoat Safari Tour” from 20-23 October 2017. In this reenactment of the original journey the travellers are invited to journey on off road tracks, camp under the stars on Aboriginal lands and relive the trip of these pioneering and brave women.
The HerStory Archive at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is a comprehensive collection of stories and photographs.
It shows mainly pioneering women in the traditional sense or those who are first in their field. Apart from preserving many often previously untold stories, the archive is useful for future researchers, as well as inspiration for future exhibitions at National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame headquarters in Alice Springs and online. The information comes from many avenues: from the staff and volunteer research and from information supplied by visitors, authors, scholars and friends and family of the pioneer women. In the current upgrade of the archive, the staff is working towards updating basic information, attaching photos and providing additional information on each of the women in the Archive. There will also be sound and audio-visual material for a small selection of the women. As part of the upgrade, the online Archive will be more user-friendly and easier to search. The upgraded Archive will be available for visitors to browse at the museum or on the webpage.
The new exhibition at the Das Verborgene Museum in Berlin tells stories of female wartime photographers in Europe. It opens on Wednesday 27 September 2017.
Between 1914 and 1945, during the two international wars of aggression and the Spanish Civil War, women took part as war correspondents, whether as professional photographers and journalists, or as amateur photographers or nurses with cameras. They witnessed the care of the wounded in fi eld hospitals, troop entertainments at base and military confl ict along the lines, just as they recorded life at home on the domestic front.
28 September 2017 – 28 February 2018