This wonderful report shows the exhibitions and activities of the Women’s Museum Henriette Bathily in Senegal:
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
The Musée de la Femme Henriette Bathily was inaugurated as a tribute to all women in Gorée on June 17, 1994.
The museum was founded by the Consortium of Audiovisual Communications in Africa (CCA), led by Annette Mbaye D’Erneville, supported by a group of scientists, historians and sociologists. It contributes to education, liberation, emancipation, moral and scientific arming of all Senegalese women on the paths of development.
The founder of the museum Annette Mbaye d’Erneville has not only founded the first African women’s museum, but also inspired others to do the same. Mali and Central Africa followed her example. The Canadian WM was founded by her niece. „Tata-Annette“ (aunt) or „Mere-bi“ (mother), as she is called, shows us how one single woman is able to change the world. As first female journalist in Senegal she worked for the emancipation of women for all her life. She founded the first women’s magazine and several women’s organizations, as well as the first film festival in Senegal. She was deeply involved in the development of her country. For her achievements she received the first IAWM award during the Fifth International Congress of Women’s Museum in Mexico City in 2016.
At first sight, the creation of a women’s museum might seem like a useless fantasy; but if we think about it, we know that women are at the center of all community life. Through them the life and the future of a whole community is influenced. Then the interest in a women’s museum does not have to be justified.
For 20 Years, the women’s museum was located on the island of Gorée. This original Museum was the first of its kind on the African continent. Up until today it presents its collections which illustrate all the phases of the life of Senegalese rural and urban women.
The main objective of the Henriette Bathily Women’s Museum is to unveil the place and the role of the Senegalese women in their communities, rituals, and popular and traditional arts.It opens up new point of views through field research, interviews, family collections, photographic reproductions, recordings and films, and archival consultations. The Museum’s magazines will attract the interest of nationals and foreigners and introduce them to an important aspect of Senegalese community life: the organization of society evolves around women. Another interest of the Senegalese Women’s Museum is that it allows non-Senegalese to enter the “intimacy” of the Senegalese society either for research, studies, academic work or simply to get to know the other. The Senegalese can themselves discover the specificities of other ethnic groups, of other communities, of other regions: customs and traditions varying between groups. In short, the Senegalese Women’s Museum, while being an educational and cultural structure is also a socio-economic organization.
The Natinal Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame in Alice Springs, Australia is opening a new part of the permanent exhibition “What’s Work Worth” on Thursday, 21st September 2017.
The newly-added audio and audio-visual material draws, in part, on the experiences of women and men from all walks of life in Alice Springs to continue the discussion around attitudes and perceptions to women’s paid and unpaid work and ideas on how museums represent work, particularly women’s work, gender and objects.
“What’s Work Worth?” takes a broad look at Australian women’s experiences of work. It explores this through ordinary, everyday objects. It poses two sets of questions. First: though women’s work has changed dramatically in the last few decades, has it increased women’s worth? Was the fight for equality a radical or, as Germaine Greer has argued, a profoundly conservative act? Second: How do our ideas about gender mediate how we view objects? How do the objects we like, hate, use, own or don’t own, “gender” us? If it is true that children are conditioned by the objects they play with, is it possible that adults are also conditioned by the objects they use?
The women’s museum in Fürth, Germany is led by women who speak different mother tongues who have different academic, pedagogical and artistic professions. In 1989 they founded the association Frauen in der Einen Welt – Zentrum für interkulturelle Frauenalltagsforschung und internationalen Austausch e.V. (Women in One World – Center for Intercultural Research of Women’s Everyday Life and International Exchange), under which they express their solidarity with women worldwide, the need for discussion, cooperation and learning from each other. They develop projects aimed at intercultural understanding based on the everyday experience of women. They create a framework in which women from different cultural backgrounds can confidently share, compare and connect their experiences.
The association founded the Museum Frauenkultur Regional-International (Museum Women’s Culture Regional – International) in 2006. There they create and organize exhibitions, conferences, publish books and catalogues.
Common and shared experiences, as well as differences between women worldwide, who are disputing patriarchal structures, inequality and injustice are subject of the exhibitions, always with the aim of initiating intercultural and transcultural dialogues.
Through an interdisciplinary approach and a female perspective, they introduce an alternative interpretation of known issues in museums and initiate discussions about the problems left behind. They are addressing difficult topics and dissonant heritage. They report the experience of individuals in the wider social processes. They take women’s everyday life seriously and acknowledge the day-to-day performance of women. They relate situations of women from different countries, cultures and social classes and visualize mutual dependencies from Franconia, the region where the museum is situated, to everywhere. Thy are “giving voice” to ordinary women and highlight their histories.
They collaborate with women’s research organizations, women’s museums, authors and artists from various countries and are part of IAWM – International Association of Women’s Museums. In 1993 and 2014 the organization and the Museum have been awarded for the advancement of women in Nuremberg.
The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame was founded in 1993, and is one of two women’s museums in Australia. It is dedicated to preserving the place of women in history for their special contribution to Australia’s heritage.
The three main permanent exhibitions include photographs and stories of the courage, endurance and resilience of pioneering Central Australian women, an exhibition exploring how women’s working worlds have changed and how museums represent this, and a collection of over a hundred stories of women who were the very first in Australia in her chosen field of endeavour.
Girl Museum is the first and only museum in the world dedicated to celebrating girls. Founded in 2009, the museum is entirely virtual – all programs are available on the website, free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The museum is run by Head Girl, Ashley E. Remer, and a dedicated team of volunteers from around the world. As a lover of museums, Ashley saw that girls were frequently left out of museum narratives – and wanted to give girls and their stories a place to call home.
Girl Museum believes girls are the key to a brighter, better future and that girls deserve to have a museum of their own. This virtual space seeks to document, preserve, and present girls’ history and culture while empowering girls to lead healthy, happy lives. The museum also produces pop-up events and exhibitions around the world to advocate for girls.
The objects in the collection range from contributed artworks and stories to Creative Commons licensed material from museums around the world. The exhibits take these objects and stories to showcase the real lives of girls in the past and present – highlighting their triumphs, struggles, and heroism to advocate for gender equality.
The museum also produces participatory projects and a podcast series, and provides internships and ways to advocate for girls and girls’ rights – fostering a community dedicated to transforming the world through girl power.