Looking Back To Look Forward

Web archive exhibition curated by osborn&møller

10 October — 31 December 2019

Kristina Leko, Milk 2002–2003

We are osborn&møller (Emma Møller & Mary Osborn), an independent curatorial duo based between Copenhagen and London. Since 2017, we have been reflecting on City of Women’s distinct approach to feminist curating, and the ways this resonates with our own collaboration.

Looking Back to Look Forward highlights works, artists and conversations from the City of Women archive that take a critical view on labour conditions and gender equality in relation to the spread of global capitalism, through collective action, poetic protest, and solidarity.

We are interested in the archive as a map of collective memory that writes its own history. We have selected works that speak to feminist art practices, narratives and realities that feel particularly unique to former Yugoslavia. The selection focuses on socially engaged art and performance in public space that creates platforms for collective questioning, imagining and testing of different ways of being together.

We hope to bring the archive to life here, re-animating archival material for a new generation, as well as revisiting a number of original artworks generously made available to view for the limited time that the exhibition is online.

Looking Back to Look Forward offers further context to our collaboration with artist Alicja Rogalska, this years City of Women artist-in-residence, whose solo exhibition Kinds of Pressure is presented in Škuc Gallery (2 – 18 October 2019).

HOW WE ATTENDED A FEMINIST HIGH SCHOOL

Vlasta Jalušič, Založba /*cf., Ljubljana (2002)

Publication featuring fourteen leaders from various feminist groups active in the eighties and nineties, talking about the beginnings of New Feminism in Slovenia.

PINE AND FIR TREES / Women's Memories of Life During Socialism

Sanja Iveković, Documentary film, 58' (2002)

Edited from 20 hours of interview material, Sanja Iveković's documentary presents five women's memories of life during and under socialism.

GENDER MATTERS TO CAPITAL / WOMEN'S STRUGGLES AND THE ANTIGLOBALISATION MOVEMENT

Tanja Rener, Jana Javornik, Maggie Schmitt, Silvia Lopez, moderated by Vesna Leskošek, Documentation of public debate, 57'28" (2003)

City of Women and the Slovene Peace Institute invite women scholars and activists to share their analysis of the current developments of globalisation and propose new visions for transnational feminism and women's struggles.

MILK 2002–2003

Kristina Leko

Social initiative as well as multimedia documentary, documenting the disappearance of the milkmaids of Zagreb in the process of European standardisation.

SINGER

Marija Mojca Pungerčar

An installation where sewing machines create the context for a live performance from the 'United Slovene Women Textile Workers' Chorus': a chorus made up of laid-off and retired female workers from the dying textile industry.

How to reconnect feminist and anticapitalist critique?, From an Orchestrated Destruction of Socialism back to Capitalist Barbarism: Imposition of Regressive Socio-economic Status for Women

Lilijana Burcar, Jasmina Husanović // Organised by Red Dawns, Video documentation of lecture, 95'56" (2013)

In 2013, City of Women festival allies with activist group the Red Dawns, for a joint festival 'Red Dawn Above the City of Women'. Red Dawns invite Lilijana Burcar and Jasmina Husanovic to speak about the massive scaling back of basic socio-economic rights under neocolonial capitalism, and its affects on gender equality.

GRAND DOMESTIC REVOLUTION GOES ON

International Group Exhibition, Exhibition catalogue (2013)

Inspired by late nineteenth-century American “material feminist” movements that experimented with communal solutions to isolated domestic life and work, GDR involves artists, designers, domestic workers, architects, gardeners, activists, and others in collaborative investigations and re-articulations of the domestic sphere, challenging traditional and contemporary divisions between private and public.

REVERSE GRAFFITI ACTION

Ask!, (Actie Schone Kunsten), Images from public intervention (2013)

Members of Ask! and Justice for Domestic Workers exchange and collaborate with local affinity group 'Revolting Women Social Workers' on a reverse graffiti action in Ljubljana.

LOOKING FOR WORK

Milijana Babić

7 documentary video works, Evaluation, Transcription (2011 – 2012) and exhibition documentation of a year-and-a-half-long action of looking for work, evolving around an ad in the local paper stating - "Visual artist urgently looking for any kind of work" - and referencing the professional survival only made possible by external sources of income.

YUGO YOGA

Lara Ritoša Roberts

A series of participatory performances fusing elements of yoga, archived physical exercises, poses from figurative revolutionary sculptures, political slogans and messages of self-improvement. The performance revisits European communist cultural heritage whilst raising issues of collectivism, social happiness and collective memory.

I AM WALKING BEHING YOU AND WATCHING YOU

Barbara Kapelj, Leja Jurišić, Teja Reba, Mia Habib

A female map and public intervention of Ljubljana, written from the missing and ignored stories of women, and asking, if the Slovenian capital has as many as 360 monuments of local significance, what is the number of annotations mentioning women?

THE RETURN OF PRIMITIVE ACCUMULATION AND THE ONGOING WAR AGAINST WOMEN

Silvia Federici

Feminist activist, teacher and writer, Federici speaks about the material foundations of the new forms of domestic, communal and institutional violence under the expansion of capitalism, including new witch hunts, the global spread of forms of femicide and restrictions being imposed on women's control over their own bodies.

CAR DECONSTRUCTION

Dina Rončević

Car Deconstruction invites a group of girls to disassemble a car. They not only learn how to use tools, but also how to use their physical skills. Alongside the actual disassembling, Car Deconstruction aims to deconstruct the social categories of identity, gender issues and gender roles.

osborn&møller is Emma Møller (DK) and Mary Osborn (GB), an independent curatorial duo unattached to any one organisation, city or country who come together to create temporary spaces for performance encounters. They are interested in performance as a practice that can disrupt structures of oppression, illuminate the slippery borders between bodies and offer a space for critical empathy and imagining. To date, they have worked with Wellcome Collection (London), City of Women (Ljubljana), Warehouse9 (Copenhagen), Artsadmin (London) and performingborders (London). Web: www.osbornmoller.org

osborn&møller would like to thank the following for their support:

Produced by: City of Women
Co-produced by: Moderna galerija, Ljubljana (MG+MSUM) - Web Museum (Ida Hiršenfelder), City of Women archive (Eva Matjašič)
Supported by: i-Portunus (Creative Europe), City of Ljubljana, The Public Fund for Cultural Activities.