The Feminist Pencil – 2

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The Feminist Pencil – 2 exhibition of women’s social graphics, will open on October, 23, at 7 p. m., at the ArtPlay design center. The show is part of the MediaImpact festival, a side project of the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. The show has two curators: artist Victoria Lomasko and art historian Nadia Plungian.

The Feminist Pencil started as an annual project last year when the word ‛feminism’ put on a poster was considered a great risk. The first show gathered just six artists; more would have been impossible due to lack of space and funds.

This year everything is different: the FP includes 35 participants from all over Russia, namely the cities of Kazan, Omsk, Izhevsk, Saint-Petersburg, Grozny, Novosibirsk etc. Feminists from other countries joined as well: France, Germany, Ukraine, Belarus and Sweden. They focus on a large variety of subjects related to women’s rights, and those are general feminist issues (housework, abortion and motherhood, children’s rights and hierarchies within the family, women’s relationships with one another, ‛male’ jobs) as well as more specific topics (disability, forced psychiatric treatment, domestic violence, poverty and discrimination of old people, the life of migrant women).

The show will exhibit a wide range of graphic genres: urban stencils, posters, comics, graphic stories, authors’ books, stickers.

The show is not only conceived as the largest platform for feminists who draw, but also as an educational project. Every day from the 24th till the 27th of October, the Feminist Pencil – 2 will house workshops on comics- and stencil-making, talks and discussions on artistic and advocacy topics. Among them are ways of development of social graphics, attitudes towards women in contemporary art, feminist activism, establishing contact between artists across Russia’s regions and the post-Soviet space, and other strategies of solidarity.

Admission is free!

See the schedule of events at the MediaImpact festival website — The show will be open till November, 6.

Be advised: the Feminist Pencil – 2 is taking place in ArtPlay’s only purple building!

Our address is: building 7, Small Hall, 1st floor.

General Schedule of Feminist Pencil-II events

October 23, Wednesday

16.00 Press preview of the exhibition.

19.00 Opening of the exhibition. Collective tour for the participant artists. Video documentation by Liza Babenko (video interview of participants and audience).

October 24, Thursday

18.30. Opening speech by the curators of the project Victoria Lomasko and Nadia Plungian; director of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Moscow Tiina Fahrni, project manager  Xenia Urmenic.

18.30. Discussion with the comments of all the participants of the exhibition. Time limit – 15 minutes.

21:00 Demonstration of the film about the opening of the first exhibition “Feminist pencil “, 2012 (20 minutes). Filming by Maxim Chernyshov, montage by Mika Ela

October 25, Friday

17.00-17.40. Nika Dubrovskaja (Berlin), editor, artist. Online publishing and the new strategies for spreading feminist materials.

18:00-19.00 Tanya Egorova (St. Petersburg), activist and organizer of the feminist educational initiative “Feminfoteka”. Master class on creating feminist zines.

19.30 – 21.30 Elke Steiner (Berlin), comic artist. Master class and practical Comic-Workshop: Female Comic Biographies and Autobiographical Fragments.

October 26, Saturday

15.00 Workshops and discussion on graffiti \ stencil \ street sticker

Speakers: graffiti and street artists Alexandra Kachko («ZOA ART», St. Petersburg), Mika Ela (Moscow), Mannaya Kasha ( Novosibirsk- Moscow), ZHENA group (Moscow), «GANDHI» group (Omsk- Saint-Petersburg).

20.00 The feminist art of the post-Soviet space and in the regions.


Oksana Bryukhovetskaya (Kiev), artist, curator – on her curatorial and artistic participation in the exhibition “Ukrainian Body” ( 2012).

Natalia Vasyutina ( Novosibirsk), a civil activist, comic artist – about art and activism and the Novosibirsk feminist group.

Hagra (Kazan ), artist and queer activist – on fanart and genderqueer problems in art.

 Xenia Urmenic (Berlin – Moscow), queer_feminist activist, art critic and curator – on the experience of organizing a “KVIR_FEMINIST_ACTZIYA_2013″ (non-commercial, self-organized Do-It-Yourself queer_feminist festival against Western bias:

Irina Solomatina (Minsk), gender researcher, curator and journalist – on the experience of Gender route school in Minsk.

October 27, Sunday

15.00 Round table “Social graphics”

Artists, participating in the exhibition Feminist Pencil -2:

Ilmira Bolotyan (Moscow), Tatiana Fashutdinova ( Izhevsk), Julia Reznikova (Moscow), Irina Vasilyeva (St. Petersburg), Jana Smetanina (Moscow), Nika Dubrovsky (Berlin), Victoria Lomasko ( Serpukhov, Moscow), GANDHI (St. Petersburg – Omsk), Alexandra Kachko (St. Petersburg ), etc.

The event brings together human rights activists, social workers, activists and researchers. Among them are Ekaterina Samutsevich, Elizabeth Morozova, Ute Weinmann, Andrei Amirov, Maria Dmitrievskaya, Elena Gerasimova, Vera Akulova and others.

19.00 Art historians and art critics of the social graphics and feminist art.

Natalia Goncharova (art historian, deputy head of the Department of NCCA art programs, graduate of the State Russian Museum), Elena Fanailova (radio “Svoboda”), Sergei Guskov (, Gleb Napreenko (, Nadia Plungian (SIAS), Liza Babenko (Cultural Studies Department of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, curator, activist of Moscow Feminist Group, Kiev-Moscow), art historian Natalia Tchermalykh (Kiev) and others.

Photo documentation of all the events by Olga Akhmet’eva.

Video by Liza Babenko.


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