POST-FEMINISM / Natalie Baxter, Magnus Hastings, Cécile Hoodie, Lene Kilde, Samantha Gray, Sarah Maxwell, Sophia Süßmilch
The exhibition POST-FEMINISM / Natalie Baxter, Magnus Hastings, Cécile Hoodie, Lene Kilde, Samantha Gray, Sarah Maxwell, Sophia Süßmilch took place from 15th of June until 13th of July 2018. The opening day was on 14th of June 2018.
Post-Feminism can be considered a critical way of understanding the changed relations between feminism, popular culture and femininity. Thus, post-feminism deliberately distances itself from the radical and intellectual feminism of the second and third women's movements, and strives for the next stage of gender-related social progress; where society is no longer defined by gender-specific role patterns. It may also be used to invoke the view that feminism is no longer relevant to today's Western society, because gender equality is already achieved. The reasoning is based on the individual choices of young women in terms of occupation, life partner, lifestyle as well as sexuality and body. In empiricism, however, this view is increasingly criticized when taking a closer look at the current (#)Metoo debate, the persisting wage differences, the unbroken discrimination of intersexual and transgender people, as well as the treatment of women in the art world. The exhibition should critically reflect the image of women in the 21. century, which moves between self-empowerment and self-submission. In times where gender is no longer defined by the powerful discourse of biology, but depicts in the context of 'doing gender' social and intersubjective construction, the body becomes raw material that can be freely shaped. What does self-empowerment mean for the role of women and their sexuality? What does it mean to be an emancipated woman and how close is this emancipation tied to cultural and medial norms?
Curated by Estelle Vallender