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Conference: Spaces of femininity / Towards a new mapping.

Dates happen: 19/02/2011 ... 19/02/2011
Conference organized by the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki
Saturday, 19 February 2011

Twenty three years after Griselda Pollock’s ‘Modernity and the spaces of femininity’(G. Pollock, Vision and Difference, Λονδίνο 1988)discussing the class and gender determinations of bourgeois experience in ‘fin de siècle’ French art, the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki invites artists, art historians, curators and any interested person in a discussion on “Spaces of Femininity”. The discussion will be focused on the concept of ‘space’ both as a subject for art and as a regulatory factor of contemporary female artistic creativity.

Within this context, many questions arise: Are we free from the emblematically male figure of the lonely city walker, the Baudelairian flâneur enjoying the anonymity of being-with-the-mob, or his ghost is still haunting the gigantic contemporary urban centers?

Do we still experience – and if so, in what degree – economic, religious and ideological limitations that burden the dynamic presence of women artists in the public sphere?

What is the role of education, institutions and other foundations in providing an appropriate setting for artistic expression?

Is mobility, as a necessary condition of career advancement, depended on gender bias and discriminations,
and if so in what degree?

Public performances, visual activism, ephemeral interventions, environmental public art, new collectivities – all these novel forms of expression- do they constitute a paradigm shift towards the “de-institutionalisation” of art and the exit from the obscurity of individualism?

What is the role of women artists in the above mentioned developments?
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These are only few from the many questions that came forward during the last exhibitions on women artists organized by the Contemporary Art Center in 2010. During that period, the CACT has organized different exhibitions devoted to women artists : Athena Taha, Lizzie Kalliga, Vana Xenou, Niki Kanagini. Through their artistic interventions, these artists have managed to transcend the traditional dichotomy between private and public sphere. Responding to the intellectual challenges posed by their art, the conference will seek on the one hand to explore the female artistic experience in local and translocal context and on the other to broaden the range of its dynamic.

Terms of participation

- Applicants must submit a brief description of their paper (up to 200 words) by January 10, 2011 in one of the following e-mails:


- The papers are to be a maximum of 15 minutes in order to be enough time for discussion.

- The Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki is responsible for the organization of the conference. However, it cannot cover transport expenses and accommodation.

- The Conference will take place on Saturday, 19 February 2011. The Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki reserves the right to an audio and video recording of the proceedings.

Syrago Tsiara
Director of the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki