Gdansk, November 2018

Black Venus Protest vol. 2

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For the last period of long-term artistic residency, the CaldodeCultivo collective proposed to continue the project/laboratory of “Black Venus Protest” (first edition of the project happened in Summer 2017), performing a new series of actions in the public space of the city of Gdansk and Gdynia in Poland.

Through this project, we have tried to test the possibility of a long-term protest for over two years, between 2016 and 2018. Thus Black Venus Protest is both a performative gesture and a political demand; we seek to decontextualize the protest turning it into an endless momentum, an insurgent aesthetic cell capable of generating resonances. We believe that we have met our resonance objectives, after the first series of actions in 2017, other Black Venus Protest cells have been reproduced in other cities such as Poznań, Toruń, or Lublin, and the BVP has been recognized as a social movement by feminist groups beyond Poland. – explain the artists.

This specific developments, as well as the evolution in the energy of protest, have been taken into account when addressing the actions of 2018. In 2017 the participants, that came from the field of performance and activism, felt the need and the right to take public space to make the struggle for women’s rights present and visible; whereas in 2018, the composition of the group varied with three new women coming from political activism and academic background. All of them felt that after these two years of protest there was a need to find new ways, to turn the protest into a celebratory gesture of femininity, rather than a mere protest, recognizing BVP as a community. In that sense, this year the BVP varied aesthetically from the previous versions – the women dressed in bridal dresses, inhabiting the stereotype, but not breaking it, they created a series of symbolic actions where the women married themselves. They also intervened different monuments, most of them dedicated to the war and the manhood of the city of Gdansk and Gdynia, transforming its meanings. These actions were recorded on video and will be edited to create a final product. The soundtrack on the video is specially composed by a Polish artist, invited to collaborate with CaldodeCultivo Collective.

The five women participants in 2018 were: Magdalena Mellin (performance), Monika Wińczyk (performance and political activist), Vanessa Szymikowska (political activist), Joanna Krysiak (political activist), Katarzyna Lewandowska (academic and political activist)

 

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photos: CaldodeCultivo Collective

 

Caldodecultivo is an artistic collective based in Bogota, Colombia, led by Unai Reglero (visual artist) and Gabriela Córdoba (cultural researcher), interested in exploring the physical and symbolic transformations of the contemporary city and the potential of diluting disciplinary boundaries, vindicating practices and knowledge of the “informal” city. Caldodecultivo develops artistic projects in context, addressing the public space with the intention of creating situations that allow critical reflection on the social reality of each of the contexts and territories in which they operate. Caldodecultivo arises as a laboratory with the vocation to rethink the role of art in society, proposing to understand it as a tool or device capable of influencing actively the social context.

Caldodecultivo Collective are conducting their project on the artistic residency in LAZNIA CCA between 2016 – 2018.