in 21st Century Zesterhood


In 21st Century Zesterhood is a collective project focusing on historic and contemporary networks of sisterhood across generations and geographies. In august 2015 we started researching and documenting the archives of The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles – the first independent separatist and feminist cultural institution in the world, founded by Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Judy Chicago and Arlene Raven in 1973 and operating until 1991. Building on some of the feminist actions and methods that came before us, our project is in dialogue and exchange with contemporary feminist networks and groups working within the fields of design and art, so far in Sweden and Los Angeles.

Sisterhood as an artistic strategy – how does it work in practice? Today we see a mobilization of feminist artist networks and groups, in Sweden and abroad, working with both creating conditions for each other, and with changing and challenging the pathriarchical system. These are acts of opposition. Through this project we investigate how we can create space and new platforms to work collectively, how we can share knowledge and resources and how we can support each other socially, creatively and structurally.

We arrange Zesterhood dinners, talks, workshops and more to have an exchange of knowledge and experience between separatist and feminist groups in Sweden and Los Angeles. The goal is to create a net of dialogues that renews and puts the Swedish feminist art scene in historical and international perspectives, to reveal the many red threads that run between individuals, continents and time periods, and through this weave be able to analyze a separatist-feminist art practice.

During the process we gather material that will add up to a publication, to make work methods for intersectional feminist activist art practices available. The publication might function as a method book for art and design networks, to forward the knowledge towards new targets about how one may address and work for change within an art practice.

Originators and collaborators; Sisters of Jam, designduo Bastion (Alexandra Falagara & Brita Lindvall Leitmann), curator Karolina Pahlén and Sheila Levrant de Bretteville.
With support from Konstnärsnämnden och Kulturrådet.

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