Or Rather, What Can Words do?
Oder vielmehr, was können Wörter tun?
AMIW was initiated in 2005 by the artist Carla Cruz to expound the question of gender
and to question power relations in the arts. It wants to affirm itself as a
political platform; to let go of the desire of belonging to a discriminatory
art world in an attempt to figure out new ways of giving account of hu’wo’man
At the VBKÖ AMIW asks together with the ‘3 Marias’ (Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa
Horta, Maria Velho da Costa): “Sisters. What can [art] do? Rather, what can
words do?” AMIW thus refers to the conscious "New Portuguese Letters"
that addressed the age-old oppression of Portuguese woman and provoked, in
1972, during the Salazar/Caetano dictatorship, the biggest literary scandal of
The exhibition shows works by the artists André Alves, Catarina Carneiro de Sousa
and Sameiro Oliveira Martins, Laura García and Said Dokins, Alice Geirinhas,
Risk Hazekamp, Roberta Lima, Ana Pérez-Quiroga, Suzanne van Rossenberg, Ângelo
Ferreira de Sousa, Yan María Yaoyólotl, and performances by André Alves,
Stefanie Seibold and the duo Projecto Gentileza.
Moreover, visitors will have access to a documentary presentation of AMIW – 2005/10. In
addition at the VBKÖ there will be a video lounge, with: Miguel Bonneville,
Mónica Faria, Risk Hazekamp, Anna Jonsson, Cristina Mateus, Rita Rainho, Flávio
Rodrigues, Evelin Stermitz and Lenka Vráblíková.
The exhibitors take passion as excuse for engaging the world. At the core of their
works they intends to question how the desire for visibility can be transmuted
into a different experience one of equality and accountability as to evoke a
feminist practices that functions as a ‘counter-hegemonic intervention’ in the
arts in particular and in society in general?
OPENING: November 3rd, 2011, 7pm with the performances:
“A READER” by Stefanie Seibold
The very way in which “A READER” is constructed activates its performative energies. The
pin-board becomes a poster made of images, which can be read like an
image-atlas – a visual archive which not only stores and collects, but which
also activates its elements and connects them.
“Biting Song” by the duo Projecto Gentileza
“Biting Song” is a concert/performance “on the relation of perception and physicality,
reflecting on suppression and existence in a state of permanence around
abstract mental places.”
The Exhibition is accompanied by a series of EVENTS:
5 – 7pm:
Collective activity “The Embroidered Digital Commons”
A project by Ele Carpenter, moderated by Carla Cruz, is an internationally distributed
embroidery of the text 'A Concise Lexicon of/for the Digital Commons' written
by the Raqs Media Collective (2003).
11am – 12am:
How can AMIW be, simultaneously, an exhibition and a platform for
Presentation of the publication: AMIW: New Portuguese Letters with Carla Cruz and Filipa
Performance “Deprived meanings” by André Alves
The performance is interested in the translation of the tension between the will to
say/act and the capacity to do so.
How can the desire for visibility be transmuted into a different experience of equality and
A round table on the importance of the arts to convey feminist struggles and on
strategies from a feminist and antiracist perspective, based on equality and
responsibility, that intervene in the dominant discourses in the arts and
With an editor of „Migrationsskizzen“ (2010), Stefanie Grünangerl (collaborator of
grassrootsfeminism.net) and Lisa Bolyos (feminist and anti-racist activist and
AUSSTELLUNGSDAUER/EXHIBITION DURATION: 4. November - 3. Dezember 2011
SAMSTAGS/SATURDAYS 12., 19., 26. November, 3. Dezember, 16 - 19h
FREITAGS/FRIDAYS (nur nach telefonischer Vereinbarung/by Arrangement: +43-0-680 238 4887, 11.,
18., 25. November, 2. Dezember, 17 - 19h
Vereinigung bildender Künstlerinnen Österreichs – VBKÖ
Austrian Association of Women Artists
Maysedergasse 2 (4. Stock)
Tel: +43-1-513 64 73