SOLANGE DU AUGEN-HÖHEN-ANGST HAST, BIN ICH FEMINIST:IN (AS LONG AS YOU ARE AFRAID OF BEING EYE-LEVEL, I WILL BE A FEMINIST)
We must turn our heads to decipher the sentence, because it runs vertically, from bottom to top. Looking down from above, one could easily become afraid of heights - or rather afraid of eye level (Augenhöhe)? Cibulka deliberately plays with this word creation, which can be read from both sides. "We have very strong and well-trained women in all areas, but when this direction is successful, i.e. when we strive for mountain peaks, many men apparently start to be afraid of being eye-level. So far they have been extremely successful in defending their dominance," explains Cibulka.
Conversely, women are often said not to have a drive to the top, i.e. they are the ones who are virtually afraid of heights - another argumentation strategy that is easy to see through.
In the second part of the sentence there is a small change to the previous structure of the SOLANGE sentences: While it was important to Katharina Cibulka in the initial phase of the project to mark the speaker clearly as a woman/feminist or a man/feminist, "bin ich Feminist:in" now creates an opening to all genders and thus a breaking up of the purely binary gender structure.
About the Project:
We explore this fundamental question in our project SOLANGE (German for: as long as). Following one of feminism’s key issues – the quest for social justice – our project targets a broad social spectrum of gender-specific inequalities. The starting point of our research are interviews conducted with local people, asking them how long they will be feminists. We then create sentences based on their answers and embroider them onto dust nets in meter-high letters made of pink tulle. We will indeed present controversial slogans that address current problems, but also imply hope for a change. It is a kind of constructive provocation that wants to withhold blame or judgement. By using the public space for these messages, we declare it a political space. For two years, we have been wrapping construction sites (a traditionally male dominated space) with dust nets that are embroidered (a traditionally female dominated craft). The applied sentences point unmistakably at the existing imbalances. Every construction site has its own challenges and shapes the Solange-sentence and vice versa.
- Katharina Cibulka and the Solange Team
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Solange... bin ich Feminist:in, Linke WienzeileKatharina Cibulka
1. Juli bis Ende September 2020
- Eröffnung Wednesday, July 1, 2020 / at 12:00 AM