CONTEXT

Women are an important pillar in a society. But they often lack the access to education, healthcare, employment and basic rights and they experience all sort of discrimination and violence, solely because of their gender. Women also suffer, first-hand, the effects of a country’s economic crisis. They are often not asked about their needs. But what is it that women who live in the dark of a society want? What are their experiences, thoughts and feelings?

COLLABORATIONS

Reaching this goal is only possible in collaboration with local women and organizations that are well-connected in the respective country. Their recruitment of participants is the basis for a successful implementation in the specific culture.

Project-Representatives oversee the project in their countries and communities. Mutual trust and an open discourse is the basis. Interested organizations are welcome to get in touch with me.

THE PROJECT

WOMEN IN THE DARK describes the place assigned to women in a society – a forgotten and repressed place. The extent of darkness is different in each country, as is the response to women who attempt to get to the light and speak out.

Women that live in the dark of a society get the opportunity to share their experiences, fears, pain, anger, hopes, believes and wishes by writing on white shirts (or equivalent female clothes) with a red permanent marker.

A central part of the project is that the women who express themselves are accompanied by supportive experts and counselors, if they so wish.

Women write at home, in groups, workshops or in public. The specific setting varies, depending on the person, situation and organization.

If the women agree, photos are taken and become part of the documentation.

WOMEN IN THE DARK is an international art project, as discrimination and violence against women are a global problem.

The project has already been launched in Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Mauritius, China, India, Switzerland, Chile and Germany. More countries are planned.

EXHIBITIONS

With the collected clothes, texts and photos, WOMEN IN THE DARK goes public in the frame of an art installation – matching the countries.

All written shirts as well as the texts on the clothes will be displayed in the exhibition.

On this website you will only find a selection of photos of shirts.

As it is a constantly growing project, there could be local and national presentations in the participating community or country as well as on an international platform.

CONCEPT

1. Planning and Cooperation

A strong network and contact with women that might participate are key elements in the choice of project-representatives and organisations to collaborate.

2. Writing Process

The writing process with the women is the responsibility of the project partners. Experts who accompany the writing women define the appropriate setting and are available to advise them as needed. With the consent of the women, the writing process is accompanied by interviews and documented with photos and videos.

3. Implementation and Exhibition

The exhibitions are planned together with the Project-Representatives. Special events accompany the exhibition throughout its duration.

4. Sustainability

The texts, photos, video-documentations and books are available for the collaborating organizations. Sustainability is an important goal of WOMEN IN THE DARK.