The international conference Not Yet Written Stories. Women Artists in CEE

A two-day online event (on the Zoom platform)
2–3 September 2021, both days from 9 am onward
Registration link


Conference organising committee: Barbara Borčić, Sandra Križić Roban, Marika Kuźmicz, Lana Lovrenčić, Andra Silapētere

Organisations: Arton Foundation, Warsaw, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art – LCCA Riga, Center for Contemporary Arts – SCCA-Ljubljana & Office for Photography, Zagreb

Official language of the conference is English.

We would like to invite you to take part in the conference Not Yet Written Stories. Women Artists in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), which will be held on 2–3 September as an online event (on the Zoom platform).


The purpose of the conference is to shed light on the regional context and to encourage a rethinking of the processes of historiography in addressing gender in the social, political, cultural and artistic contexts in Central and Eastern Europe. Women artists in these environments were often culturally and economically outside the mainstream of the art world and were threatened by double exclusion conditioned by both geopolitical and sexual marginalization. The conference will present a wide context of the roles of women in the arts and culture with papers reflecting the topics in twelve countries, from Latvia to Bulgaria and from Ukraine to Croatia.

Among the 73 proposals for the international conference, 24 papers were selected, including three from Slovenia. Miha Colner will talk about the issue of exclusion in the case of women artists Dragica Čadež and Duba Sambolec. Tia Čiček will present the role of women artists and curators in the work of the ŠKUC Gallery in Ljubljana in the 1980s. Urška Savič will discuss the issue of archives, memory and oblivion in the case of performance and video women artists in Slovenia. The selected conference papers will also be published in the magazine Miejsce, published by the Academy for Fine Arts in Warsaw.

The two-day conference will comprise seven panels devoted to issues such as the work of women artists in the field of both new media and textiles, for example; women’s artistic education; socially and politically engaged art, and many others.

The conference will be inaugurated by a lecture by Professor Leonida Kovač entitled Subversion of the normative heterosexuality in the self-representational works of Nasta Rojc.

The accompanying events will include the screening of Sonja Savić’s films and a performance by Ana Čigon entitled Dear Ladies, Thank you (2011–2013).

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Programme (pdf)

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Marika Kuźmicz marika.kuzmicz@fundacjaarton.pl



Not Yet Written Stories. Women Artists in CEE conference, Day 1

Ana Čigon, performance Dear Ladies, Thank You, Kapelica Gallery, 2011, Source: DIVA Station Archive

 


Not Yet Written Stories. Women Artists in CEE conference, Day 2, Part 1

 


Not Yet Written Stories. Women Artists in CEE conference, Day 2, Part 2 (watch on fb)


Ana Čigon, performance Dear Ladies, Thank You, Kapelica Gallery, 2011. Photo: Kapelica Gallery archive

 

Ana Čigon, performance Dear Ladies, Thank You, Kapelica Gallery, 2011. Photo: archive of the artist

 

Dragica Čadež, Assembled Symbol, 1982. Photo: Boris Gaberščik, GBJ archive

 

Dragica Čadež at the International Symposium of Sculptors Forma viva, Kostanjevica na Krki, 1966. Photo: GBJ archive

 

Duba Sambolec, Two Times Oval, 1997. Installation view from Gasworks Gallery, London, 1997. Photo: archive of the artist

 

Duba Sambolec while working on her large-scale sculptures in the Litostroj factory, Ljubljana, 1979-1980. Photo: archive of the artist

 

Event at ŠKUC in 1983. Foto: Barbara Borčić, ŠKUC Gallery archive

 

Invitation to the Magnus event, 1984. Photo: ŠKUC Gallery archive

 

Invitation to the Aina Šmid, Marina Gržinić, Barbara Borčić exhibition. Photo: ŠKUC Gallery archive

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The conference is part of an international research, exhibition and archival project Not Yet Written Stories – Women Artists’ Archives Online (2020–2022) supported by EU program Creative Europe. In addition to the SCCA-Ljubljana, the partners organisations of the project are: Arton Foundation (Warsaw), Office for Photography (Zagreb) and Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (Riga).