This week we celebrate International Women’s Day and so for this week’s culture guide we’re highlighting and celebrating the work of women and female-identifying artists. In 1989 the Guerilla Girls identified that 85 percent of the nudes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art were female but only 5 percent of the artists were female and asked “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met?” Today the situation is a bit better, and Australian galleries generally perform better than their European or North American counterparts, but in 2014 Australian state museums only showed female artists 34 percent of the time while male artists were at 59 percent. Below are some artists and galleries working to change these statistics.
Deborah Kelly – 52Artists 52Actions
In the ninth week of Artspace’s innovative program Deborah Kelly called on anyone who identified as a feminist to join her to confront the most pressing issues facing feminism. This week, the resulting artworks will be placed across Sydney, turning public spaces into sites of protest. Kelly styled the action as “crowd-sourced feminist wisdom as print-at-home stickers and posters, adding value to any streetscape labouring under the burden of patriarchy.” Follow the Instagram, @52artists52actions or their website https://52artists52actions.com/ to find out where the project goes next.
MCA – International Women’s Day 2018
While major state institutions are some of the worst offenders when it comes to the place of women between their walls, the MCA is hosting a program of talks on International Women’s Day to address these imbalances. Speakers include chief curator Rachel Kent and Amy Prcevich who is behind the Countess Report http://thecountessreport.com.au In addition, the program includes a banner making workshop and spotlight talks on female artists within the museum’s collection. All the events are free but it’s worth booking for the panel discussion. https://staging.mca.com.au/whats-on/international-womens-day-2018/
In Your Dreams – International Women’s Day Panel
While #MeToo and #TimesUp demand an immediate change in social behaviour and norms the Global Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap found that inequality between the genders will persist until 2234. In this panel discussion hosted by UNSW Galleries and the Australian Centre for Photography, three of the exhibiting photographers, Tanya Habjouqa, Raphaela Rosella and Mary Zournazi, are joined by Professor Vera Mackie to discuss inequality and the place of women within the fields of photography and film, both male dominated industries and how we might get closer to gender parity faster the Global Economic Forum predicts.
Register for the talk here https://acp.org.au/products/10-03-18-international-womens-day-panel-in-your-dreams?variant=6918404866095.
The Shifting Heart
Premiering this Thursday, White Box Theatre are bringing The Shifting Heart back to the stage. Directed by Kim Hardwick the play profiles the life of the Bianchi family, newly arrived to Melbourne during the post-war migration boom of the 1950s. The play traverses themes of family, friendship and marriage as well as the ugly realities of racism and violence, giving us pause to consider contemporary migration and its response in Australia.
Buy tickets here https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/the-shifting-heart