In the project, female artists mock long-standing stereotypes about the expectations men and women have from each other in relationships and contemporary life. Gender equality and social discrimination of women continue to spur discussions all over the world. These issues are directly connected with persistent gender stereotypes from both sides.
In their works, Ukrainian female artists draw attention to serious topics through their metaphoric visualization via the means of art. The exhibition will feature painting, video art, photography, sculpture, and installations.
Project participants: Alina Fedotova, Natalia Roy, Masha Shubina, Hanna Moskalets, Hanna Kyselyova, Bella Logachova, Tetyana Kolesnyk, Alina Kopytsya, Anastasia Podervyanska, Nina Murashkina, Larysa Stadnyk, Olga Selischeva, Hanna Naduda, Taya Halahan, Alyona Kuznetsova, Ilona Silvashi, Tetyana Malinovska, Anastasia Loyko, Maryna Skugareva, Masha Kulykovska, Natalya Lugovska, Teresa Barabash, Anna Bekerska, Olena Dombrovska, and AltalunaArtGroup.
Author of the idea and curator – Tetyana Malinovska, co-curator – Yulia Nuzhyna.
Project coordinator – Yana Aftanaziv.
Do the words “marry me” remain that magic and sought-after dream a contemporary woman is waiting for? What is the institution of marriage from women’s point of view? Ukrainian artists offer their vision of these relevant topics.
Yana Aftanaziv, project coordinator and Zenko Gallery co-founder:
The first women who made up their minds to swap skirts and dresses for pants appeared in the early 19th century. It was a brave step in civilizational progress. Since then, a lot has changed, but the discussions around gender equality in society are still ongoing.
A contemporary woman frequently faces gender stereotypes in her life, i.e., how she should look and behave or what to say. The society has changed, but the stereotypes remained a dominant category in human conscience.
In Marry Me! project, female artists speak their mind about these widespread but not always correct ideas about a woman of nowadays. Using metaphorical, sometimes hyperrealist artistic imagery, the artists visualize the grave fault of societal expectations, demonstrating it at times through intentional hyperbole and oversimplification. The very title of the project, its concept, and artworks – all of this is an integral statement, a sort of mockery over stereotypical thinking.
But such ideas are not innocent; they influence lives of many people. That is why, if we look closer, we’ll see some very significant things through smiles and irony. This is how the project draws public attention to current hot topics using art as a medium.
At the opening, the audience will be treated to No!, an art performance presented by artist Nina Murashkina with the participation of Ukrainian designer brand GOLETS, and to a special #marryme cocktail from Baileys.
Project partners: ArtHuss cultural initiatives foundation, Museum of Kyiv History, Baileys, GOLETS, Fabergé, 28, and Niche.