293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris | 13th May 2019
#WomenInCulture is a new worldwide movement devoted to celebrating and supporting the place of women in culture launched with the support of Fondation CHANEL and UNESCO, and in partnership with the New York Times.
Auditorium du Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration
293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris
13th May 2019, 12 - 12.30pm
13th May - 19th May 2019
WHAT IS IT ?
From 13 May, social media will come alive with the buzz of #MuseumWeek and the 7 hashtags featured in the 6th year of this initiative in a unifying event unlike any other worldwide that will generate traffic, foster diversity and encourage creativity.
#MuseumWeek is an opportunity to promote fun and educational cultural experiences across every genre, communicating them through social media.
More than 5,000 cultural institutions in 120 countries took part in 2018, and 2019 is all set to be even more exciting. This appeal is directed particularly at those parts of the world that have so far been underrepresented, particularly Africa (0.6%), Latin America (5%) and Asia (8%).
The aim is to encourage more amateurs and professionals to create and enjoy cultural exp riences, raise their profiles, open up internationally, offer more to interest visitors, respond to what the public wants, add to their databases, come up with new events and champion their values. The 6th #MuseumWeek will feature a series of events broadcast live, and the 12 community managers running the social media newsroom for #MuseumWeek will be sending out publications 24 hours a day.
This year’s event is championing an important cause: the place of women in culture, yesterday, today and tomorrow. #WomenInCulture will be our unifying call throughout the week.
Although the role of women in society is obviously just as important as that of men, it is far from being properly recognised. The world of culture is coming together to launch #WomenInCulture, a worldwide movement intending to promote the role of women in the fields of history, art, culture, science and culture in general, yesterday, today, tomorrow.
First, to pay tribute to those who should have been known by the general audience, and to give them the historical importance they deserve.
Second, to give a shoutout to all these women actively engaged in the cultural world today, including individuals, workers, influencers, funders, etc.
And finally, to raise awareness on the importance of the education of girls: just like boys, girls can become artists, philosophers, cultural workers, writers or scientists.
Monday 13th May, 11am - 12.30pm, Auditorium du Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration
Adelaide Damoah is both a painter and a performance artist. She utilises body printing techniques as the starting point for both her studio work and performances. In the studio, she combines body prints with text and found photographs to create pieces which tell personal stories of the past and the present. In her performances, Adelaide is in direct conversation with Yves Kleins 1960 Anthropometries performance in which he directed the performance of a group of nude women. In contrast, the artist directs herself to print her body onto white surfaces, remixing the original Klein performance by virtue of her identity, while simultaneously encouraging discussion about female representation, feminism, sexual stereotypes and art history.
By doing her own version of Yves Klein’s Anthropométries, Adelaide Damoah subverts his performance and the power imbalance he has created by using the female body as a directed painting object. A kind of conversation with Klein where she directs herself, reclaiming control and asserting herself powerfully by pressing into the floor with her whole weight- so that her human presence is properly seen and felt in the work rather than a dainty part of it. Going back to Klein’s first experiments on his living room floor, those thick paint marks showing where her body lands spontaneously are exactly what she strives for in the creation of her work.
Through this performance, Adelaide asserts of who she is as a woman, along with all of the complexities and contradictions of what that means. She feels this performance is a tool to empower herself and all women to be and love all of who they are in the present moment.
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