Thursday, August 5, 2021, 1:00 EDT / 20:00 MSK
In conjunction with Voicing the Silence
Join us for an online tour of Voicing the Silence in Moscow, Russia, with curators The Creative Association of Curators TOK (Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits). We will walk through the virtual exhibition space, learn about the ideas and research behind the exhibition as well as the artists and contributors. There will be time for questions and dialogue.
Voicing the Silence is an exhibition project addressing issues of gender equality in the home, on the legislative level, and in professional spheres such as the field of art. The project responds to the current conservative turn that has empowered patriarchal systems in many societies today. In recent years, legislative initiatives aimed at limiting women's rights have been numerous: decriminalization of domestic violence in Russia, Turkey's Istanbul Convention exit, and new laws restricting abortion in the USA and Poland. All of this exacerbates women's existing economic vulnerability resulting from unequal pay and labor conditions in most countries, and demonstrates how governments systematically deny women their basic rights of agency and protection.
Petra Bauer and Rebecka Katz Thor
Olesya Bessmeltseva and Philipp Venghaus
Nika Dubrovsky and David Graeber (The Yes Women)
The Creative Association of Curators TOK is a female curatorial collective co-founded in 2010 by Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits in St. Petersburg as a platform for challenging the borders of the territory of art. TOK's multilayered, durational and cross-disciplinary projects generate new knowledge about the causes and consequences of changing political realities. Often working outside of usual art spaces, TOK infiltrates into social structures, bringing their strains and corrupt functions into the public discourse in order to revisit the roles and powers of social institutions and redraft their potential future. Existing at the intersection of historical analysis and the political imaginary, TOK investigates mechanisms of local governance, public space, educational systems and others.