THE ART PROJECT
In 2016, Franziska Greber initiated a pilot art project in Zimbabwe entitled WOMEN IN THE DARK, which in retrospect has assumed unimagined dimensions to this day.
From the very beginning, WOMEN IN THE DARK was a participatory art project that addresses the realities of life for women. In close cooperation with regional NGOs and human rights organizations, women are encouraged to write about their experiences, injuries, fear, hopes and demands on female clothing. The women usually write on white shirts with a red permanent marker, in India on dupattas. Franziska Greber chooses white shirts as an art medium because clothes are laden with social, historical and cultural implications. Clothes may also reflect gender biases.
Since Zimbabwe, the art project WOMEN IN THE DARK has been implemented in the Seychelles, Mauritius, China, India, Switzerland, Chile and Germany. Eventually, the project is presented in cultural institutions and museums of the respective country that are of national importance, both in group exhibitions and solo shows.
The artistic installations for which Franziska Greber uses the female garments with the original messages form a central point of attraction.