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Vigilance, Struggle, Pride: Through Her Eyes
Maribor Art Gallery, Strossmayerjeva 6
Exhibition opening: Friday, 19 January 2018, 19:00

Artists: Ahlam Shibli, Amak Mahmoodian, April Gertler, Hannah Starkey, Laia Abril, Lua Ribeira, Nina Berman, Nina Mangalanayagam, Nydia Blas, Sandra Vitaljić, Tasneem Alsultan, Tomoko Sawada, Zanele Muholi
Curator: Marina Paulenka
Design: Nina Bačun & Roberta Bratović, OAZA

The exhibition Vigilance, Struggle, Pride: Through Her Eyes brings together thirteen women artists who present stories from their surroundings, inspired by the desire to pave the way for new possibilities of understanding and insights. Their experiences and research pose questions that enable different intellectual and emotional responses to the existing challenges and issues of today's society. We are faced with a turbulent socio-political situation in which women must fight anew for the rights that had been won long ago, and women's issues are as current as ever.

Different in approach, these works reflect the representation of a different cultural expression, tackling issues such as the construction of identity, family and home, sexuality and gender-sex roles, representation of women, politics of the female gaze and self-perception, labor and social rights as well as victimization of women and children, accepting the inability to fully understand and engage with a given situation, but also inspiring change and creating alternative spaces that welcome equal opportunities, narratives and outcomes.

The exhibition will be presented in Maribor, Graz, Berlin, Zagreb and Bratislava in 2018.

The exhibition is part of a larger project of the association Društvo za evropsko zavest (SI) whose partners are ORGAN VIDA— International Photography Organization (HR), Fotoklub Maribor (SI), Österreichische Gesellschaft für Kinderphilosophie (AT), KuBiPro – Kultur –und Bildungsprojekte (DE), E@I (SK). The project is supported by the EU fund Europe for Citizens.