Selected papers for the international conference Not Yet Written Stories. Women Artists in CEE

Among the 73 proposals for the international conference in Warsaw, 26 papers were selected, including four 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. Neja Kaiser will examine the position of performance artists within Student Cultural Centres in Ljubljana, Zagreb, and Belgrade. Urška Savič will discuss the issue of archives, memory and oblivion in the case of performance and video women artists in Slovenia.

The conference Not Yet Written Stories. Women Artists in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), scheduled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, will be realized as an open online event on September 2 and 3, 2021. The selected conference papers will also be published in the magazine Miejsce, published by the Academy for Fine Arts in Warsaw.

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 is part of an international research, exhibition and archival project Stories not yet written. Women Artists’ Archives Online (2019–2022).

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).