"WOMANHOOD": A Multitude of Experiences
12 - 9pm
A. BCH GALLERY
Platform Exhibitions. is excited to announce
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 3.0
Platform Exhibitions built its foundation through our IWD events. Having missed the opportunity to host one in 2021 due to the pandemic, we are eager to bring this iconic event back at a new venue, with a new artist line up and new experience ideas.
International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate those who came before us, with us and after us in our fight against sexism and the patriarchy. This day is not only about celebrating women and their achievements over the years but it also stands as an acknowledgement of the experiences lived by woman and gender non-conforming (GNC) folks. We know that people can experience the wonders and difficulty shared within womanhood in different ways; whether that is through lived misogynistic experiences, menstruation, sexism, pregnancy or impacts of the patriarchy. This exhibition thus explores all the different ways there is to be a woman, what it means to be viewed as a woman and the experiences felt by women and gender non-conforming folks in a patriarchal society.
EXHIBITION THEME: “Womanhood”: A Multitude of Experiences
Womanhood has evolved beyond the binary understanding of cis-female and cis-male. "Womanhood" can be experienced in many ways and more importantly, what remains shared is the experience of sexism and the fight against the patriarchy – both of which is not an experience by cis-women alone.
Our upcoming exhibition thus aims to share the multitude of experiences that comes with being a woman or being viewed as a woman although identifying otherwise. We welcome all accounts of lived experiences with sexism while celebrating the uniqueness of "womanhood". Through this we endeavour to acknowledge and validate these experiences in our celebration of International Women’s Day.
selected charity: Djirra
Djirra, led by Antoinette Braybook, is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation focused on preventing and addressing family violence. The Naarm based organisation provides support to First Nations and Torres Strait Islander people who experience family violence— predominantly women. They offer The Koori Women’s Place in Abbotsford which is a safe space for women to gather, participate in activities, share stories and seek respite from their family violence. Alongside this, they run important intervention programs like Young Luv teaching girls about healthy relationships and Dilly Bag, a cultural workshop to promote healing.
Djirra is the Woiwurrung word for the reed used by Wurundjeri women for basket weaving. Traditionally, when women gathered to weave, important talks took place and problems were solved. Djirra symbolises Aboriginal women today, still coming together to share stories, support each other and find solutions," explains Braybrook.
Aisling Rose McGrogan
Alexi Sara-Leena Cordes
Luoda (Annika Chan)
Pheefs (Fiona Lim)
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Big thank you to Darius Chan from Park Bench Production for the video.