Exhibitionary

7 October 2017

What If Women Ruled The World, 2016

Neon sign

Yael Bartana, What If Women Ruled the World, 2016, neon, 150.7 x 58.8 cm, Courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam

In the film Dr. Strangelove (1964), Stanley Kubrick foresaw a post-apocalyptic future in which dominant male leaders would repopulate the Earth, with ten women allocated to every man. The neon sign by artist Yael Bartana presents the opposite scenario; imagining a condition in which women are in charge of a world in desperate need of a new vision.

The work unfolded in a performance that took place at the 2017 Manchester International Festival, in which groups of female experts were confronted with some of the urgent crises of our time. These scientists, politicians, activists, and thinkers of global reputation spent the evening attempting to solve the global emergencies as the clock ticked.

Part of Propositions #1: What We Mean.

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Education Program

26 October–30 November 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Rerun on Request]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 26 October & 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 November 2020. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies, taught by Maria Hlavajova, is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.

Exhibition

30 September–11 October 2020

HKU MA Fine Art Graduation Show: If Not Now

From 30 September–11 October 2020, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts If Not Now, the graduation exhibition of the 2018−2020 MA Fine Art class of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, curated by Katia Krupennikova.