Sarah Held: Girl Gangs over Berlin

Sarah Held

events series, workshop

Bild: Sarah Held


14.3.2020 // 12:00-15:00 &
15.3.2020 // 12:00-18:00

As part of the series ‘Feminist Housing (Her)Stories for the Future. BERLIN, BAUHAUS and BEYOND’ and the exhibition ‘A Feminist Perspective for Berlin Today! What Could a Non-Sexist City Look Like?*’

14.03. // 12:00 – 15:00 & 15.03.2020 // 12:00 – 18:00

In a two-day workshop, artistic interventions in urban space will make a symbol against everyday sexism, street harassment and sexual violence and visualize discrimination and assaults in public space.
Participants are invited to stage themselves as wild, rebellious and dangerous as they would like to face harassers. From photos taken during the workshop, larger-than-life girl gang cut-ups (a street art technique that allows large-format images to be pasted in public space) will be made. Together with paste and brush, the Berlin urban space will then be appropriated in a feminist and visual manner. The girl gangs are pasted to unlocations in Berlin – places where, for example, attacks have happened. The workshop offers the opportunity to visually overturn patriarchy. At the same time it also creates space for the exchange of experiences and possibilities for action of mutual support with regard to sexualised violence and harassment. Because you are not alone!

Please note: The workshop is aimed at women and people who identify or are read as women (regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth). Participation is free but the number of participants is limited to 10 persons. A BVG ticket is required on the second day. The workshop will be held in German and English. Registration via needed.

Sarah Held lives, works and researches as a feminist art/cultural scientist in Vienna. She wrote her doctoral thesis on interventionist and affective art practices for making sexualised violence and femicides visible. In addition to her research focus, she teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and is a lecturer in fashion theory at the Linz University of Art. In addition to her academic activities, she is also active as an artist and cultural worker. She is co-initiator of the feminist street art collective Girl Gangs against Street Harassment, aiming to appropriate public space with visual practices.

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