With their collective authorship, the female artists furthermore counteract the structures of hierarchy created by the art market as well as the idea of the individual artist as a genius.
The exhibition Female Intervention is dedicated to feminism. Assembling different artistic approaches, it creates an opportunity to discuss women's position in our society as well as in the art system. The focus of the exhibition lies on feminist artist-collectives. In contrast to individual artists, collectives can more readily explore different possibilities and cross boundaries. With their collective authorship, the female artists furthermore counteract the structures of hierarchy created by the art market as well as the idea of the individual artist as a genius.
Unlike former feminist artists, who claimed their rights in a radical, but sometimes tense way, the exhibited collectives act in a playful and humorous manner, in the tradition of the “Guerrilla Girls”. This allows for a lighter approach to a topic which in times of gender studies, is still a subject of unease and prejudice for many women, including female students. The question of female equality is of particular actuality at the Humboldt University: For the first time a female scientist, the Jewish nuclear physicist Lise Meitner (7.11.1878 - 27.10.1968), will be honored with a sculpture in the university courtyard.
Female Intervention presents works of different media (performance, video, photography, painting, sculpture and installation) which examine female role allocation in a critical and humorous way, create awareness of discrimination, deconstruct the art system or widen the male dominated historiography by a female perspective. Additionally the exhibition presents documentation of public actions and performances by the artists. The interactive archive by the feminist group “ff” will create an alternative contemporary art library with a focus on female artists and feminist literature. Thus, the exhibition space of the Humboldt University will gain a studiolo-like atmosphere and invite visitors to engage widely with the topic.
Participating female artist collectives
3 Hamburger Frauen, Der Strich, Die bösen Mösen, ff, Guerrilla Girls, Stoll & Wachall
curated by Conny Becker
For the opening on the 24th of June “ff” is creating a new performance (7-10pm).
On the 7th & 8th of July “Stoll & Wachall” offer a two-days workshop for students to playfully improve self-confidence (2 x 5-8pm).
On the 10th of July, Susanne Husse, art historian and curator (Dissident Desire), will show the various ways in which terms like feminism and collective are defined (lecture). Furthermore a sound piece will be presented (7pm).
For the finissage on the 18th of July a panel discussion about the current situation of female artists and art historians will take place (6-10pm).
June 24, 7-10 pm: Opening with performance by “ff”
July 7/8, 5-8 pm: Performance workshop with ”Stoll & Wachall” for students
July 10, 7 pm: Lecture by Susanne Husse & presentation of a sound piece by “ff”
July 18, 6-10 pm: Finissage with panel discussion
This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous financial support of the Humboldt-Universitäts-Gesellschaft, the Verein zur Förderung des Instituts für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte e. V., the Norwegian embassy, the Bezirkskulturfonds Mitte and the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein.
Particular thanks to:
Dr. Angelika Keune, Prof. Dr. Susanne von Falkenhausen, Dagmar Oehler and Lorenzo Sandoval/Dissident Desire for the exhibition architecture.
Kleine Humboldt Galerie
Lichthof im Hauptgebäude der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6 - 10099 Berlin
Öffnungszeiten während einer dauernden Ausstellung:
Mi - Fr 12 - 18 h