• Otherwise Engaged


    AMIW– Or Rather What Can Words Do?

    This presentation will draw upon the history of a feminist artistic project: AMIW and its new endevour that on the one hand attempts to position itself as counter-hegemonic practice and on the other operate from the margins.

    All My Independent Women (AMIW), is an artistic project rooted in feminist / gender questions that I initiated in Portugal in 2005. Since then, the proposition has been to make a collective artistic project around the work of artists who create from a feminist perspective or problematize gender. The project was presented five times in Portugal, and established a debate about feminisms and feminist art in Portugal. Now planing its 6th edition at the Association of Women Artist in Vienna (VBKÖ) it intends to question: How can the desire for visibility be transmuted into a different experience of equality and accountability?

    More than an exhibition, AMIW is a platform of feminist thought; in this frame we want to take on the revision and proposal of a different position from which to understand AMIW initial desire for visibility and affiliate with a positive reading of ‘marginality’ and (in)visibility. So for the VBKÖ edition AMIW wants to take on different challenges. First, in the heritage of so many other collective projects AMIW wants to attempt the dissolution of the author, thus this edition will not name particular singular artists that might present individual practices, but name all and everyone that has ever been involved in the project, expanding AMIW into a vast network that grows giving account of its paths. Secondly, AMIW has been connected very closely to democracy as a project of conflictual change and in that sense the exhibition project attempts to foster a platform of interaction based on accountability, care and affiliation. Finally AMIW wants to affirm itself as a political platform of new feminist movements.

    Leeds, Old Mining Building, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

  • Fado Sísifico (Praça do Anjo IVb)


  • AMIW@VBKÖ, Ou antes, o que Podem as Palavras? / 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 art production.

    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 Portugal.

    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.

    (for more information about the participants)

    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:

    November 4
    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).

    November 5
    11am – 12am:
    How can AMIW be, simultaneously, an exhibition and a platform for relationality?

    Presentation of the publication: AMIW: New Portuguese Letters with Carla Cruz and Filipa Alves

    12.15am –1pm
    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.

    1.15 –2.30pm
    How can the desire for visibility be transmuted into a different experience of equality and accountability?

    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 society.

    With an editor of „Migrationsskizzen“ (2010), Stefanie Grünangerl (collaborator of grassrootsfeminism.net) and Lisa Bolyos (feminist and anti-racist activist and artist).



    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)
    1010 Wien/Vienna
    Tel: +43-1-513 64 73