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On 29th January at 12 p.m. the Women’s Museum Wiesbaden, Germany is opening the new exhibition of Justine Otto. The artist creates wonderfully surreal and strangely appearing visual imagery and triggers reflections about the big questions of human existence.

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The new temporary exhibition at the Women’s Museum Bonn is telling female history of Protestant Reformation. This year is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The WM Bonn is looking  closely at the stories of many female reformers and follows their path towards equality until today.

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Thank you to Mona Holm, from WM Norway for this article about our congress in Mexico City:

“The International Association of Women’s Museums recently held a congress in Mexico, where Holm from the Women’s Museum in Kongsvinger was reelected (as president) for four years. (…)  

–        There are now 80 women’s museums around the world, and around 30 of them are members of our organization, and this number continues to increase, says Holm.

–        Our vision is to contribute to a better development of our society, and to do so in within a museological perspective.”

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PUBLIC STATEMENT

Within the framework of the 5th International Congress of Women’s Museums, convened by the International Association of Women’s Museums (IAWM) and the Women’s Museum of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, which brought together feminist women from various countries in Mexico City, 28 to 30 November 2016.

WE EXPRESS

Our concern because, despite some progress by women in the world, we continue to face the invisibility of our contributions in all fields: social, economic, political, artistic and cultural.

In the  Congress we verified the normalization and naturalization of a patriarchal policy expressed in violence against women, among the most recognized forms are physical, psychological, patrimonial and sexual violence, and among the least recognized forms of violence are seen in the media, epistemic and symbolic. From everyday violence to the most lethal , including femicides, regardless of age, country, ethnic-racial origin or social class.

We believe that the invisibility of women is a form of symbolic violence that the creation of Women’s Museums attempts to confront, since they propose a space to recover the memory, history, struggles and contributions of diverse women, for communication and the sharing of knowledge. It is a political action to strengthen collective consciousness, resistance, vindication and rebellion against the perverse results of hegemonic neoliberal and heteropatriarchal capitalist structures that affect humanity, particularly women and children.

Our demand to make women visible is an act of justice because we are half the population in the world, and most women still remain in conditions of inequality, discrimination and marginalization, and suffer from the effects of racism and religious fundamentalisms.

WE DEMAND

From the governments of our countries, the guarantee of our rights, a decided support policy for opening up and sustaining spaces for the memory and history of women of all peoples, due to the scarce number of existing places, some spaces are at risk of disappearing due to lack of resources and social and institutional support.

From international bodies, to strengthen their action in the areas of their competence at the seriousness of the condition of women, especially those who are in refuge from wars, in contexts of irregular migration, trafficking of people for labor and sexual exploitation, also in situations of daily violence, all expressions that threaten peace and development in all spaces, from families, communities, countries, to the international arena.

We call on countries, agencies, social organizations and civil society to redouble their efforts to ensure the human rights of women, and sustainable development in conditions of substantive equality that guarantee life with the dignity of the people, the peoples, and the planet that inhabits.

Mexico City, November 30, 2016

International Association of Women’s Museums / International Association of Women’s Museums

 

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The WM Berlin, Germany is opening the exhibition Das chinesische Zimmer [4händig] – The Chinese Room [4handed] – on 6th of December at 7 pm.

The term 4handed is used mainly for musicians. In this context the two artists Kata Unger and Lisa Tiemann are working 4handedly in a room, where materiality and consistency are as important as their semantics. Kata Unger is actually weaving, her medium are tapestries, while Lisa Tiemann is creating sculptures.

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The WM Wiesbaden is opening the exhibition “Hopeful Arrival” on Sunday, 27th November 12:00.

The young afghan artist Sara Nabil (*1994) came to Germany in 2015.  In the art project “Hopeful Arrival” she works with refugee women from various cultures. The women meet regularly at the WM in order to collaborate with the artist in a biographical work-in-progress. And as in this project communication needs to happen in one language the participants practice their German along the way.

The outcome of this “work in progress” is an installation that represents visions, dreams, hopes and goals of these women.

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