Not Yet Written Stories. Women Artists in Central and Eastern Europe


online conference
2 and 3 of September 2021

Organisers: Arton Foundation (Poland), Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art-LCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – SCCA-Ljubljana & Office for Photography (Croatia)

The scholarly sin of omission, and the exclusion of works by women from the canon of art history have resulted in the erasure of the achievements of numerous women artists. Such “amnesia” in history writing processes has been widespread and has been happening regardless of the socio-political situation. However, women artists as well as art historians, critics, curators and gallerists in culturally and economically “peripheral” countries, such as those behind the Iron Curtain, and in the former Yugoslavia, have been at risk of double exclusion on the grounds of both geography and gender. In parallel to the development of new states and socialist societies after WW2, women built themselves up not only politically and culturally, but also artistically.

The conference presents a wide context of the roles of women in the arts and culture with papers reflecting the topics in twelve countries, from Latvia to Bulgaria and from Ukraine to Croatia.

The two-day conference will comprise seven panels devoted to issues such as the work of women artists in the field of both new media and textiles, for example, women’s artistic education, socially and politically engaged art, and many others.

Four scientists and researchers from Croatia will be participating in the  programme. The conference will be inaugurated by a lecture by Leonida Kovač entitled Subversion of the normative heterosexuality in the self-representational works of Nasta Rojc. Their papaers will also present: Tihana Rubić and Ana Šeparović (The Construction of Gender in Interwar Photography: An Interdisciplinary View) and Ivor Glavaš (The figure of the woman author: Tatjana Ivančić).

The offcicial language of the conference is English.

The project is part of the Creative Europe program Not Yet Written Stories – Women Artists’ Archives Online (2020–2022).

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Conference programme/program konferencije
02. 09. 2021. 
9.00 – 10.00 

Leonida Kovač: Inaugural Lecture/uvodno predavanje
Panel 1

10.00 – 11.30 

moderator: Marika Kuźmicz

Urška Savič Reflections on the Archive as Strategy for Re-writing Histories

Karolina Majewska-Güde Telling Stories about Feminist Art in Socialist Europe, or an Archive as a Place of Cross-Generational Re-doing

Tia Čiček Examining women’s roles at the ŠKUC Gallery in the 1980s

Wanda Janakiewicz Urszula Czartoryska as theoretician and founder of the Photography Department at the Museum of Modern Art in Łódź

Panel 2

12.00 – 13.30 

moderator: Andra Silapētere

Tatiana Bogacheva Social Reproduction in the Eastern European Art

Anne Pfautsch The Archive of Sibylle Bergemann: Questions of Memorialisation and Reinterpretation

Miha Colner Triple exclusion and fierce determination: Case Studies of Dragica Čadež & Duba Sambolec

Panel 3

14.30 – 16.30 

moderator: Barbara Borčić

Kateryna Iakovlenko Art Between Manhood and Activism: Role of Ukrainian Women Artists During Political Transformations

Adele Bea Cipste and Ieva Melgalve Ways of Forgetting: The Faded Image of Women Artists in Periodicals of the Latvian SSR

Magdalena Worłowska Spiritual and Rational Witches – Ecological Art of Female Artists in The Polish People’s Republic


Screening of the performance/projekcija performansa: Dear Ladies, Thank you (2011-2013), Ana Čigon


03. 09. 2021.
Panel 1

9.00 – 10.30 

moderator: Barbara Borčić

Slađana Petrović Varagić Archiving female performance in Yugoslavia – Dragana (Jovanović) Žarevac

Iliyana Nedkova Why Have There Been No Great Contemporary Bulgarian Women Artists?

Kateřina Štroblová There Is Nothing Like Women’s Art. Work, Positions and Emancipation of Female Artists in Czechoslovakia during the Normalisation Period

Panel 2

11.00 AM – 13.00 

moderator: Marika Kuźmicz

Ivor Glavaš The figure of the woman author: Tatjana Ivančić

Łukasz Mojsak Between History and the Future. On Sonja Savić’s Videos

Panel 3

14.00 – 15.30 

moderator: Andra Silapētere

Kata Balázs Little material, lot of thought Margit Szilvitzky and experimental textile / fibre art

Stefanie Proksch-Weilguni Unraveling the Fibre Art of Geta Brătescu

Johana Lomová Exclusion through specialisation Membership of Women Artists in the Czechoslovak Artists´ Union in the 1950´s and 1960´s and its consequences for writing art history

Eda Tuulberg The Abdomen is Over-Etched

Panel 4 

16.00 – 17.30 

moderator: Lana Lovrencić

Uschi Klein Picturing the female gaze: photography as a form of cultural resistance during Romania’s communist era

Maria Anna Rogucka Alina Ślesińska’s Self-awareness? Why and What Kind of Artist’s Image Creation through Photographs in Mass Printed Media?

Tihana Rubić & Ana Šeparović The Construction of Gender in Interwar Photography: An Interdisciplinary View

Šelda Puķīte & Indrek Grigor Silver girls: Retouched history of photography


Screening of the films/projekcija filmova

Sonja Savić
Play, 1997, 22’
Superreal (Superstvarnost), 1997, 57’

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