Upon the invitation of the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ), for the first time the international network of feminist artists All My Independent Women (AMIW) from Portugal will host an exhibition in Austria.

AMIW was initiated in 2005 by the artist Carla Cruz to expound the question of gender and to question power relations in the arts. It wants to affirm itself as a political platform; to let go of the desire of belonging to a discriminatory art world in an attempt to figure out new ways of giving account of hu’wo’man art production.

At the VBKÖ AMIW asks together with the ‘3 Marias’ (Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta, Maria Velho da Costa): “Sisters. What can [art] do? Rather, what can words do?” AMIW thus refers to the conscious "New Portuguese Letters" that addressed the age-old oppression of Portuguese woman and provoked, in 1972, during the Salazar/Caetano dictatorship, the biggest literary scandal of Portugal.

The exhibition shows works by the artists André Alves, Ele Carpenter, Miguel Bonneville, Catarina Carneiro de Sousa and Sameiro Oliveira Martins, Mónica Faria, Laura García and Said Dokins, Projecto Gentileza, Alice Geirinhas, Risk Hazekamp, Anna Jonsson, Roberta Lima, Cristina Mateus, Ana Pérez Quiroga, Rita Rainho, Flávio Rodrigues, Suzanne van Rossenberg, Stefanie Seibold, Ângelo Ferreira de Sousa, Evelin Stermitz, Lenka Vráblíková, and Yan María Yaoyólotl.

The exhibitors take passion as excuse for engaging the world. At the core of their works they intends to question how the desire for visibility can be transmuted into a different experience one of equality and accountability as to evoke a feminist practices that functions as a ‘counter-hegemonic intervention’ in the arts in particular and in society in general?

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