"Timoklea killing the Thracian captain" by Elisabeta Sirani. Photo: Reproduction "Brief History of Female Artists", by Susie Hodge

On March 8, we celebrate women's achievements around political, civil and equality rights. The festive (and fighting) date is the result of a historic mobilization, which began a long time ago and should not end anytime soon. The art world is no exception in this regard. Whether in visuals, in cinema, or in the scenic, women have been suppressed for much of history - not only in narratives, but from the opportunity to exist as artists in different periods, as Linda Nochlin points out in her famous essay Why were there no great women artists? (available here). We selected content and events to rethink together the female presence in the arts and the paths to follow from now on.

To read

Women have produced art from antiquity to the present day, but for much of this period they were ignored. It is with this realization that Susie Hodge begins to A Brief History of Women Artists. The book works as a guide of the feminine trajectory, showing its exponents, its particularities, advances in the struggle for gender equality and the important contributions made to artistic movements hitherto dominated by men. For this, the British art historian and artist divides the publication into four parts: movements, works, innovations and themes. Each one features entries on its subject, highlighting central points, relevant facts and central figures. The book is a good start for those who want to know more about the subject, but it demands a continuation of this feminine (and feminist) dive, seeking perspectives further away from Europe and the United States.  

Getting closer to the reality of our country, the professor at the Institute of Brazilian Studies at the University of São Paulo (IEB-USP) Ana Paula Simioni will soon launch Modernist Women: Strategies of Consecration in Brazilian Art, that focuses on the trajectories of Tarsila do Amaral, Anita Malfatti and Regina Graz. While the book is not published, it is possible to begin reflections on gender issues in modernism and the Brazilian colonial heritage from the interview given to the cultural journalism organization Nonada this week (click here).

With a more contemporary look, visual artist, muralist and illustrator Pri Barbosa organizes the publication 8M22 – To those who dug rivers with their hands, which brings together content from researchers, writers and artists. Among essays, poems, paintings and drawings, we can leaf through (digitally) discussions that help us to rethink the history of art, the right to the city, ageism and racial issues, always from a feminist perspective. The collection includes contents by Ana Harff, Bruna Alcantara, Chermie, Debora Diniz, Fabiola Oliveira, Francela Carrera, Larissa Souza, Luiza Romão, Mari Waechter, Pri Barbosa, Roy Von Der Osten, Tamara dos Santos and Vanessa Oliveira. The publication is available for free download by clicking here.

To watch

This March 8th, Sesc Digital exhibits the exhibition Film Pioneers, which addresses the female role in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. “Women have always been present in front of and behind the cinema cameras, as actresses, directors, screenwriters, photographers, editors, set designers, costume designers, lighting designers. But their names and contributions have rarely received mention in the history of cinema. Free and virtual, 10 audiovisual works are presented – between short and feature films – made or written by some of these women in the early 20th century, between 1906 and 1946. 

  • The Results of Feminism – Directed by Alice Guy-Blache (1906)
  • The Irresistible Piano – Directed by Alice Guy-Blache (1907)
  • Mabel's Mistake – Directed by Mabel Normand (1914)
  • The Light of Love – Directed by Frances Marion (1921)
  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed – Directed by Lotte Reiniger (1946)
  • hidden paths – Screenplay by Ida May Park (1926)
  • the blue light – Directed by Leni Riefenstahl and Béla Balázs (1932)
  • Night On Bald Mountain – Directed by Claire Parker and Alexander Alexeieff (1933)
  • Dusk Plots – Directed by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid (1943)
  • the drunk – Directed by Gilda de Abreu (1946)

Check out the film screening by clicking here.

to attend

This week, the Brava – a connection space dedicated to the discussion and sharing of work done by cis women and trans people – announced its course schedule. A number of them remind us that thinking about gender issues in the arts (and a less sexist, misogynistic and cisnormative path for the area) needs to go far beyond March 8th. We highlight here Decolonial feminisms and contemporary artistic creation (March 7th to 9th), Art and Feminisms in Latin America (14 for April), Art and Feminisms Among Asians (May 19th and 26th) and Art and feminism between Africas (June 23 and 30). The courses take place online and live and all classes are recorded and made available to those who are enrolled. As for the values, Brava proposes three possibilities of conscious contribution, allowing you to pay as much as you can at the moment - and if you don't have the financial resources right now, you can send an email to oi@bravasp.com.br talking about you and explaining how this content can be important. Enrollment is done through Sympla

Facade of the Portuguese Language Museum. Photo: Ciete Silverio
To visit

This weekend, the Museum of Portuguese Language, in São Paulo, organizes a special program. On Saturday, the 12th, it promotes a thematic tour of the main exhibition, highlighting the existence of trans women. “The action is an invitation to reflect on the pluralities of female identities based on the word 'transvestite'. It is worth remembering that the Portuguese Language Museum is located between the neighborhoods of Luz and Bom Retiro, where several groups of trans women live and also work”, explains the release. On the same day, between 13 pm and 15 pm, in partnership with Coletivo Mulheres da Luz, they offer a dance class Women of Light (re)exist: dance for visibility and rights an action that aims to welcome, approach heritage and empower the bodies that occupy the region. On Sunday, the 13th, at two times (10:13 and XNUMX:XNUMX), thematic visits highlight the female role (cis and trans) in the exhibition. No prior appointment is required for any of the actions. 

The city of Fortaleza, in Ceará, receives the exhibitions Views on the Sensitive e Plural Women No. Clóvis Beviláqua Forum, between March 8 and April 8. The exhibitions feature works from the collection of Fortaleza Photography Museum. Views on the Sensitive brings together works by artists of great importance for national and international photography, such as Elza Lima, Claudia Andujar, Simone Monte and Lia de Paula. Already Plural Women seeks to highlight female plurality, from images of women photographed in different decades through the eyes of photographers such as Evandro Teixeira and Juca Martins. The exhibitions are free and are open to visitors from Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 17 pm at the Clóvis Beviláqua Forum (Rua Des. Floriano Benevides Magalhães, 220, Edson Queiroz).

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