Research Symposium | 3rd part
Martina Pachmanová: Silence about Feminism and “Femininity“ as an Aesthetic Value
The exhibition is accompanied by a symposium planned for Saturday, September 27th, between 11am and 4pm. The symposium will seek to animate the research on Maria Bartuszová’s art in a broader international context of the history of art.
The history (of art) knows lots of examples of narratives that have been omitted, forgotten or pushed out of the mainstream for various reasons. The one-day symposium devoted to the work of Maria Bartuszová, organized as part of the exhibition “Maria Bartuszová. Provisional Forms” is an attempt to bring one of such narratives to light again. At the same time, its aim is to look at the history (with a capital H) from the point of view of its own margin.
On the one hand, the invited guests will be returning to the past and explaining it, while on the other hand, they will be trying to revive the history: to situate it in a broader (often merely potential) perspective and to imagine possible (albeit non-existent) dialogues. By disturbing linearity they will be trying to look for contemporary meanings.
Martina Pachmanová - Ph.D., is an art historian, independent curator, and writer. She specializes in gender, sexual politics and feminism in modern and contemporary art and art theory. She is Assistant Professor at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. Pachmanová is author of several books: Mobile Fidelities: Conversations on Feminism, History, and Visuality (Prague 2001; English version: www.ktpress.co.uk); Unknown Territories of Czech Modern Art: Through the Looking Glass of Gender (Prague 2004); Artemis and Dr. Faustus: Women in Czech and Slovak Art History (edited together with Milena Bartlová; Prague 2008); The Birth of the Woman Artist from a Lemonade Foam: Gender Contexts of Modern Czech Art Theory and Criticism (Prague 2013). She also published three monographs of forgotten Czech female modernists related to their retrospective exhibitions: Milada Marešová: Painter of New Objectivity (Prague – Brno 2008); Madame Gali: Expressionist Work of Marie Galimberti-Provázková. 1880–1951 (Prague 2011); Vlasta Vostřebalová-Fischerová: Between Social Art and Magical Realism (Prague – Brno 2013). As a curator, Pachmanová organized more than twenty exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. She also collaborated on the exhibition GENDER CHECK: Femininity and Masculinity in Eastern European Art (Vienna – Warsaw, 2009 –2010).