‘My own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, ‘Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better.’ All of us, women and men, must do better.’ – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (We should all be feminists)
It is the week of International Women’s Day: high time for the third edition of WoWmen! It is apparent from current affairs that this focus on gender, society, and art is still necessary. Time and time again, women have to struggle for rights that we thought they had already won in the West. But the counter reactions make us hopeful. The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, millions of people across the world protested during the Women’s March – against his thoughtless sexist statements.
WoWmen! opts for ambiguity. You can expect artists who are difficult to categorize, either by discipline or theme. What are the identities you discover onstage at the intersection of gender, age, class, origin or religion? What does minority mean? And what are the mechanisms of pornography today? We are looking to Scandinavia, where feminism has been mainstream for years. We will also focus on Rebecca Solnit’s mansplaining and Joanna Macy’s less dualistic society. In keeping with the seasonal theme RE:RITE, The Monastery explores the social revaluation of the cyclical and the changeability of a (female) body.
The WoWmen! lecture programme responds to current affairs: all the details will be announced in January.