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Summary by Interarts

BIRTH CULTURES is a project co-funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe Culture Programme (2014-2020) that contributes to preserve and transmit, through arts and culture, birth and maternity traditional knowledge and practices as part of European intangible cultural heritage. The project is implemented by Interarts (coordinator, Spain) in cooperation with Frauenmuseum Hittisau (Austria), Frauenmuseum Merano (Italy), Gender Museum (Kharkiv) and in association with the International Association of Women’s Museums (IAWM) (Italy), the European Centre for Cultural Organization and Managment (ECCOM) (Italy) and Birth Café Campaign (Germany), as associated partners.

The project will run from November 2019 to April 2022.

According to the German associations’ Birth Café Campaign and Hebammen für Deutschland  (Midwives for Germany), when it comes to pregnancy and birth the existing lack of instruments, such as historical research and exhibitions, does not enable for these topics to become accessible to different publics and audiences.

Against this background, BIRTH CULTURES has the following specific objectives:

  • To strengthen capacities of and collaboration between women’s museums in Europe to raise awareness on women’s health and sexual and reproductive rights.
  • To enhance intercultural dialogue and artistic co-creation around values and practices related to culture, birth and maternity.
  • To improve access, including young people and migrants, to European cultural and creative works and intangible cultural heritage.

The project is based on the acknowledgment that socially engaged art represents an effective way of processing, explaining and promoting topics of particular social value but also of engaging audiences through a participative approach. By sharing and providing information or topics of discussion, it will foster a deeper understanding of the issues tackled and of the necessary emotional intelligence to process them. The project aims to achieve this by developing the following activities:

  • Research on practices and traditions related to birth and maternity in the participating countries;
  • Organisation of intercultural and intergenerational Birth cafés to gather information, knowledge, stories;
  • Workshops for co-creation of cultural and art products around the topics of birth and maternity;
  • 8 round tables/seminars/meetings on the topic of birth and maternity and their relations with art and culture;
  • 1 international conference;
  • 1 travelling exhibition on the topic of birth and maternity by the participating women’s museums and a call for creative works (paintings, videos, photos, etc.);
  • Digital catalogue of the exhibition;
  • 4 toolkits for secondary schools adapted to local context and values and in the local languages (German, Italian, Spanish/Catalan and Ukrainian).

Duration of the project: 30 months.

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For further information, please click on the following link.

Here Stefania Pitscheider-Soraperra, director of the Women’s Museum Hittisau, explains the progress of the exhibition and what it is going to look like.

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Imagen: installation “365 days”. Photo: © Pep Herrero

María María Acha-Kutscher, the founder of the virtual women’s museum HERSTORYMUSEUM in Madrid is opening the exhibition Womankind on 22nd March 2019 in Barcelona.

Inauguración/opening: marzo 22, 2019, 19 h
LA VIRREINA CENTRE DE LA IMATGE
La Rambla, 99, Barcelona

Curator: Valentín Roma

This exhibition brings together various series of works under the title Womankind (2010-2015), a long term project with which María María Acha-Kutscher (Lima, 1968) provides a critical analysis of those imaginaries tha have constructed a discriminatory, paternalistic history of women since the birth of photography.

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Comisario: Valentín Roma Esta exposición reúne diversas series de trabajos englobadas bajo el título de Womankind (2010-2015), un proyecto de largo recorrido con el que María María Acha-Kutscher (Lima, 1968) investiga críticamente aquellos imaginarios que, desde el nacimiento de la fotografía, construyeron una historia visual de las mujeres paternalista y discriminatoria.

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FLUXUS FEMINIS | HERSTORYMUSEUM

Inauguración/ Opening: martes 5 de marzo de 2019, 20 h.
GALERÍA FREIJO
Zurbano 46, Madrid


Image: Shigeko Kubota, Vagina Painting, 1965

HERSTORYMUSEUM is an imaginary museum that, through its collection and curatorial program, develops a rhizomatic and non-hierarchical narrative on women creators of the 20th century. Its collection is composed by images based on a visual language close to the pictogram.

FLUXUS FEMINIS, the exhibition I will be presenting at Freijo Gallery as part of the LZ46 program, offers a view of the women artists linked to the FLUXUS movement of the 60s and early 70s. Artists who worked in the field of performance, dance, sound art and other experimental languages.

HERSTORYMUSEUM es un museo imaginario que, a través de su colección y un programa curatorial, desarrolla una narrativa rizomática y desjerarquizada de las mujeres creadoras del siglo XX. Sus fondos están compuestos por imágenes basadas en un lenguaje visual próximo al pictograma.

FLUXUS FEMINIS, la exposición que se presenta en la Galería Freijo como parte del programa LZ46, hace un recorrido por las artistas vinculadas al movimiento FLUXUS de los años 60 y principios de los 70, que trabajaron en el campo de la performance, la danza, el arte sonoro y otros lenguajes experimentales.

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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.

Website: www.herstorymuseum.org

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