Curated by Alenka Gregorič and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, the group exhibition focuses on the emancipatory potential of art, enabling a platform for the practice of solidarity, alongside the possibilities and imponderabilities that are associated with it. The exhibition aims to initiate a new grammar for a diversity orientated “groundless solidarity". Reflective on the conditions under which an individual gesture, can transform into a collective force, whilst interrupting a seemingly normal course of action, and thus becomes an event itself.
Artists: Anna Artaker, Nika Autor, Renate Bertlmann, Katharina Cibulka, Lana Čmajčanin, Magdalena Frey, Anna Jermolaewa, Roberta Lima, Polonca Lovšin, Dorit Margreiter, Ursula Mayer, Marjetica Potrč, Constanze Ruhm, Maruša Sagadin, Maja Smrekar, The Golden Pixel Cooperative
Sonny is an attempt at an anthropological research of a specific social phenomenon, known from the Balkan regions, upon others the remote parts of Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Metohia. ‘Sworn virgins’ or ‘virginias’, is a to this day existing practice where women who, in order to counter the patriarchal system, take the vow of chastity and on a societal level become men. The women, who now dress as men, behave as men, and use masculine pronouns, take on the form and function of i.e. the head of the family, including the imminent rights and public respect.
Sonny, taking on a performative form, shares the amazement and fascination with images, stories, and reproduction of that phenomenon. Questioning and deconstructing the survival mechanisms established within a man’s world, and standing up to the external attachment and conventions associated with the ‘double sex image’.
Author and performer: Nataša Živković
Further performers: Daniel Petković, Loup Abramovici, Slobodan Malić
Association for the Promotion of Women in Culture – City of Women
The project is supported by Creative Europe, the Ministry of Culture and the City of Ljubljana.