http://allmyindependentwomen.blogspot.comhttp://amiw-vbkoe.blogspot.com www.vbkoe.orgAMIW@VBKÖ – Or Rather, What Can Words Do? / Oder vielmehr, was können Wörter tun?Upon the invitation of the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ), for the first time the international network of feminist artists All My Independent Women (AMIW) from Portugal will host an exhibition in Austria.AMIW was initiated in 2005 by the artist Carla Cruz to expound the question of gender and to question power relations in the arts. It wants to affirm itself as a political platform; to let go of the desire of belonging to a discriminatory art world in an attempt to figure out new ways of giving account of hu’wo’man art production. At the VBKÖ AMIW asks together with the ‘3 Marias’ (Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta, Maria Velho da Costa): “Sisters. What can [art] do? Rather, what can words do?” AMIW thus refers to the conscious “New Portuguese Letters” that addressed the age-old oppression of Portuguese woman and provoked, in 1972, during the Salazar/Caetano dictatorship, the biggest literary scandal of Portugal.The exhibition shows works by the artists André Alves, Catarina Carneiro de Sousa and Sameiro Oliveira Martins, Laura García and Said Dokins, Alice Geirinhas, Risk Hazekamp, Roberta Lima, Ana Pérez Quiroga, Suzanne van Rossenberg, Ângelo Ferreira de Sousa, Yan María Yaoyólotl, and performances by André Alves, Stefanie Seibold and the duo Projecto Gentileza.Moreover, visitors will have access to a documentary presentation of AMIW – 2005/10. In addition at the VBKÖ there will be a video lounge, with: Miguel Bonneville, Mónica Faria, Risk Hazekamp, Anna Jonsson, Cristina Mateus, João Manuel Oliveira, Rita Rainho, Flávio Rodrigues, Evelin Stermitz and Lenka Vráblíková.The exhibitors take passion as excuse for engaging the world. At the core of their works they intends to question how the desire for visibility can be transmuted into a different experience one of equality and accountability as to evoke a feminist practices that functions as a ‘counter-hegemonic intervention’ in the arts in particular and in society in general?Opening: November 3rd, 20117pm with the performances “A READER” by Stefanie SeiboldThe very way in which “A READER” is constructed activates its performative energies. The pin-board becomes a poster made of images, which can be read like an image-atlas – a visual archive which not only stores and collects, but which also activates its elements and connects them.“Biting Song” by the duo Projecto Gentileza“Biting Song” is a concert/performance “on the relation of perception and physicality, reflecting on suppression and existence in a state of permanence around abstract mental places.”

 November 45 – 7pmCollective activity “The Embroidered Digital Commons”A project by Ele Carpenter, moderated by Carla Cruz, is an internationally distributed embroidery of the text ‘A Concise Lexicon of/for the Digital Commons’ written by the Raqs Media Collective (2003).November 511am – 2.30pm11am – 12amHow can AMIW be, simultaneously, an exhibition and a platform for relationality?Presentation of the publication: AMIW: New Portuguese Letters with Carla Cruz and Filipa Alves12.15am – 1pm            Performance “Sentidos Privados” by André AlvesThe performance is interested in the translation of the tension between the will to say/act and the capacity to do so.1.15 – 2.30pmHow can the desire for visibility be transmuted into a different experience of equality and accountability?A round table on the importance of the arts to convey feminist struggles and on strategies from a feminist and antiracist perspective, based on equality and responsibility, that intervene in the dominant discourses in the arts and society.
With an editor of „Migrationsskizzen“ (2010), Stefanie Grünangerl (cooperater of grassrootsfeminism.net) and Lisa Bolyos (feminist and anti-racist aktivist and artist).Duration: November 3rd – December 3rd, 2011Opening hours: Saturdays, November 12th, 19th, 26th and December 3rd, 4 – 7 pmFridays, November 11th, 18th, 25th and December 2nd,  5 – 7pm by arrangement: +43 680 238 4887

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