International exhibition
PERCEPTIONS; WOMEN TAILORED TO SOCIETY?
The Gallery of Matica srpska and the British Council
28. 9. 2018 – 6. 1. 2019

On Friday, 28th of September 2018, at 20.00 p.m. the Gallery of Matica srpska will open an exhibition Perceptions; Women Tailored to Society? The Gallery of Matica srpska and the British Council, which organized exhibitions of British artists in Novi Sad, such as Henry Moore, Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry, present this year, in one place, art heritage of Serbia and Great Britain. In the dialogue between works by contemporary British artists such as Sarah Lucas, Tracy Emin, Rachel Whiteread and the 19th and the 20th century Serbian artists such as Katarina Ivanović, Nadežda Petrović, Ljubica Cuca Sokić questions of women's (re)presentations and the role of women in the past as well as in today's society are being opened.

The opening speeches will be held by Mrs Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski, Director of the Gallery of Matica srpska, Mrs Emma Dexter, Director of Visual Arts in British Council, Mrs Clare Sears, Director Serbia and Western Balkans in British Council and H. E. Denis Keefe, ambassador of Great Britain in Serbia, while the exhibition will be officially opened by Mrs Brankica Janković, Commissioner for the Protection of Equality.

Although collections of the British Council and Gallery of Matica srpska are chronologically and thematically different, their connection shows how museum collections are unlimited spaces for research and new interpretations. Through joint exhibitions, works of art can be seen from a new perspective and show their second, perhaps neglected quality and value.

In the centre of analysis is a woman – woman as an artist, as socially defined concept, as an object, as a subject, as an allegory, as the one who watches and the one who is being watched. Selected works of art of British women artist together with works of Serbian women and men artist should tackle visitors to reflect upon the timeless category of “women issues”. Are women artist known as much as their fellow men artists? What is the position of women and especially women artist in the society now and before? How the society perceive a woman? Does the gender equality exists in practice? What does it mean and what are the consequences of the construct “Women tailored to society”?

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with text of the curator and reproductions of exhibited artworks. During the exhibition, there will be rich accompanying programme in which more than 20 experts will be involved. Through popular and expert lectures, discussions and talks by professionals from art history, art theory, literature, sociology and psychology, the theme of the exhibition will be presented from different angles, and audience will be offered with various answers on the question who are “women tailored to society”.

Realization of the exhibition Perceptions; Women Tailored to Society? was supported by the British Council (https://www.britishcouncil.rs/en/programmes/arts/perceptions/novi-sad), the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, City Council for Culture Novi Sad and Commissioner for protection of equality.

Partners on the project: Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Per.Art organization, Centre E8, Union of Feminist organizations of Novi Sad (Re)connection, ZAGA Kal Mar, Kakva ženska.

Media sponsors: Radio-television of Serbia, Radio-Television of Vojvodina, O radio, Radio 021, Маxim&Co, SOHO Advertising Solutions, Colour Press Group.

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