COOLING OUT - On the Paradox of Feminism
01.09. - 26.11.2006
On the Paradox of Feminism
3 Hamburger Frauen, Shannon Bool, Cabello/Carceller, Esra Ersen, Dani Gal, Andrea Geyer/Sharon Hayes, Jaki Irvine, Katrin Mayer, Josephine Meckseper, Michaela Meise, Elodie Pong, Aurora Reinhard, Una Quigley, Pernille Kapper Williams
A collaborative exhibition with the Kunsthaus Baselland in Muttenz/Basel, Switzerland and the Halle für Kunst in Lüneburg, Germany. The exhibition is curated by Sabine Schaschl-Cooper, Bettina Steinbrügge and René Zechlin.
The exhibition Cooling out – on the paradox of feminism examines the situation of women and the role of feminism today through works by international contemporary artists. Many of the original objectives of feminism such as the right to vote, legal equality, opportunities for education for women and criminalisation of male violence against women have been achieved within the western world. Although some of these developments are very recent, a younger generation of women often react negatively towards the term feminism. How can a political or social movement create so many positive changes, while simultaneously developing negative connotations? Such is the paradox of feminism.
Gender can be understood as a social identity, which constantly has to be analysed and reconstructed. But what are the factors that constitute this social identity? Cooling out examines the influences of media, education and existing social structures on female identity. The artistic works in the exhibition present the current attitudes of young women towards their role in society and their struggle to create their own identity.