KwieKulik, Polish Duo I, 1984, copyright by the Kulik-KwieKulik Foundation
Teodor Graur, Complex sportiv, 1988, courtesy of the artist
Gabrijela Kolar, Monument to the Fallen Fighters, Skrad (Croatia), 1962, photo: Sanja Horvatincić
Orshi Drozdik, from the series 'Individual Mythology', 1975-1977, courtesy of the artist

Timișoara online sessions 2021

“Gender Politics and the Art of European Socialist States”

Online sessions

April 8-10, 2021


April 8, 2021 (moderated by Ileana and Maria)

Timișoara virtual walk (see a separate file)

Contemporary art scene in Timișoara

The presentation will include an overview of established institutions and galleries and a more detailed presentation of the independent initiatives, artist run-spaces and emergent art groups and collectives. This will build a connection with H.arta’s presentation, because in the early 2000s H.arta was the first art group in Timișoara that opened  as artist-run-space. 

Meeting with h.arta group About our feminist family

Who is part of the feminist family? Having as background the different and non-monolithic experiences of the family and gender roles in the former socialist space, focusing on the specificities of the Romanian socialist context and also on the developments of the topic of family in the present global resurgence of right-wing discourses, we want to try to respond to this question through examples of our artistic practice. Our presentation will be centered around our work Group Portrait, which is a reflection of the interconnections between the private lives of three generations of women (our grandmothers, our mothers and ourselves) and the mainstream discourses about women’s emancipation which provided the background for these lives, and still does. Using this work, which focusses on a time span of a century and also using other fragments of texts that we have written in connection to our practice and other examples of works, we want to weave together an image about our idea of a feminist family. An image about the ways in which our solidarities are constructed and extended, about our human and non-human families, about the possibilities to create a family that is not based on genetics, but which enlarges the terrain of possibilities outside the heteronormative sphere.

Additional readings

h.arta. Everyday fragments, ed. Tobi Maier and h.arta group, New York- Leipzig 2012

Feminisms. Reviewing Concepts and Affirming New Positions, ed. h.arta, Timişoara 2010



April 9, 2021 (moderated by Ljiljana and Sanja)


Kirsten Ghodsee 

Presentation „The Problem with Communist Women: Agency, Political Ideology and Feminist Activism in the 20th Century”

Additional readings:

Chiara Bonfiglioli and Kristen Ghodsee, „Vanishing act: global socialist feminism as the ‘missing other’ of transnational feminism – a response to Tlostanova, Thapar-Björkert and Koobak (2019)”, Feminist Review, 2020, Issue 125, 168 –172

Kristen Ghodess and Julia Mead, „What Has Socialism Ever Done For Women?”, Catalyst. Vol. 2, No. 2, Summer 2018. 100-133

Kristen Ghodsee, Kateřina Lišková, „Bumbling Idiots or Evil Masterminds? Challenging Cold War Stereotypes about Women, Sexuality and State Socialism”, Filozofija i drustvo 2016 Volume 27, Issue 3, 489-503

Kristen Ghodsee, Adriana Zaharijevic, „Fantasies of feminist history in eastern Europe. A response to Slavenka Drakulic”,, 31 July 2015

Bojana Pejić

Bojana Pejić will speak about the exhibition Gender Check – Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe (MUMOK Vienna 2009, Zacheta Warsaw 2010) and how she see the exhibition from the present perspective.

Recommended reading – Martina Pachmanova,”In? Out? In Between? Some Notes on the Invisibility of a Nascent Eastern European Feminist and Gender Discourse in Contemporary Art Theory (2009)”, in: „Gender Check Reader”, ed. Pojana Pejić, Köln: Walther König, 2010


April 10, 2021 (moderated by Agata and Luiza) (order of presentations to be confirmed)


Angela  Dimitrakaki

Presentation Anti-fascism, Art Theory, and Bourgeois Democracy as a Police State Today

What connects different parts of the expanded, rather than ‘former’ West today – a time of multiple crises that mark a formerly idealised liberal capitalism – is the erosion of what has been perceived as bourgeois democracy. This lecture will present an outline of this critical situation and of anti-fascism as a response, especially in the art field. The argument will consider the parameters in which anti-fascism is shaped and what it can be seen to oppose as well as how feminist politics is implicated in this struggle.

Additional readings

Angela Dimitrakaki & Harry Weeks (2019), „Anti-fascism/Art/Theory”, Third Text, DOI: 10.1080/09528822.2019.1663679

Larne Abse Gogarty, Angela Dimitrakaki & Marina Vishmidt (2019), „Anti-fascist Art Theory”, Third Text, DOI: 10.1080/09528822.2019.1612146

Almira Ousmanova

Presentation: Women, Art and Revolution:  women’s activism through artistic practices – on women, art and protests in Belarus

Additional readings:

Victoria Lomasko, Other Russias, New York  2017

pARTisankA 35 (2019)

Paula Erizanu, ‘We’re tired of dictatorship. We’re turning a new page.’ 5 Belarusian artists on fighting for their country’s future, 

Women’s face of Belarus, exhibition by vera.bei

Lynn Hershman Leeson: !WAR Women Art Revolution, 2010, 

Political Concepts: Ariella Aïsha Azoulay • Errata, 

Linda Nochlin, Why Have  There Been No Great Women Artists? Thirty  years after, in: „Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader”,  ed. Nochlin, Linda; Reilly, Maura, Thames & Hudson, 2015, pp. 311 – 321

Abigail   Bray and  Claire Colebrook  “The Haunted Flesh:  Corporeal Feminism and  the Politics of (Dis)Embodiment , in: Signs:  Journal of  Women in Culture and  Society, 1998, vol.24, No.1, pp.35 – 67



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