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Announcing the winners of `La cultura es femenina´ 2020 Awards



On the 15th of February 2020, at Espacio Cultural El Tanque of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain: El Laboratorio de Investigación e Innovación en Arquitectura, Urbanismo, Diseño y Turismo Avanzado (The Laboratoy of Investigation and Innovation in Architecture, Urbanism, Design and Advanced Tourism), a cultural non profit, presents its annual awards ‘La cultura es femenina 2020’ ('Culture is feminine 2020) which aknowledge the best art works and cultural initiatives for gender equality. The awards will be given during the opening of the art exhibition `La Cultura Es Femenina´ to be held et El Tanque

The nine awards La cultura es femenina 2020 ´will go to:  Cristi Pérez, a visual artist, Aline Machado & Lara Estévez Mora; Maia Koenig, a music and experimental ‘artivist’; Yanet Acota, a journalist and writer of ‘noir fiction’; Magüi González, an architect; Clara Capitão, an editor; the Newspaper EL PAÍS for its gender correspondent; HER Festival for its director Alejandra Galo and Centro de Arte La Regenta of Las Palmas de Canarias

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Eva’s Portraits by Cristi Pérez

Cristi Pérez, a visual artist is the winner of the Award to the Most Feminist Art Work, in the Art category for her photography series Retratos de Eva (Eva's Portraits) in which she represents a contemporary female figure, wrapped in her own cycles, knowing herself well and showing her inner self `with and without fear´, by breaking apart and multiplying to improve herself.

Urban Art by Aline Machado & Lara Estévez Mora

Aline Machado & Lara Estévez Mora and their entry LIBERarte (FREEart) are the winners of the Urban Art Residence La Cultura es Femenina 2020. Machado & Estévez Mora will produce a wall installation where themselves alongside volunteers will work together. They explain that `the mural will be carried out through the cross stitch technique, using a metal mesh base or nails strategically placed on the wall to work on, then fill them in a certain pattern with wool and thus collectively create an illustration that represents the current needs of female artists´.

‘Artivism’ experimental music by Maia Koenig

Maia Koenig is an experimental music artivist who builds her own instruments and interacts with sounds of all kinds. Koenig has been immersed in activities such as poetic self-publishing, fanzines, theatre, retro-games and toy recycling. She performed at festivals and cultural centres in Bolivia, Uruguay and Argentina where she presented Exe de Feminoise Latinoamérica and, in 2019 she toured with her Tour Europia through Spain, France, Austria, Ukraine and Italy. She currently resides in Barcelona, ​​where she expands her knowledge and shares it in concerts and workshops.

Residence of historical literature for Yanet Acosta

The writer, journalist and teacher Yanet Acosta is the winner of the historical literature residence. She is the author of well-known novels like El chef ha muerto (2011), No hay trabajo bueno (2013), the book Noches sin sexo (2014) and Matar al padre (2017). Acosta has collaborated with Paco Roncero, a Madrid based chef, on a book about him, titled Correr, cocinar y ser feliz (2014). The book has been awarded the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the section of Best Health and Nutrition book. She has been a contributor to different general media and magazines specialized in gastronomy. The winning proposal is entitled Las mujeres de Colón with which she will tackle the crew of Columbus's trips to the New World. The presence of women among the crew members is only documented since the second trip, but it is not ruled out among researchers there is a possibility that also on the first trip a woman was on board, when they passed the Canary Islands. 

Other awards

El Laboratorio has decided to also reward several initiatives, institutions and cultural personalities whose key element is their fight for gender equality:

The newspaper EL PAÍS for its correspondent on gender

One of the winners is the newspaper El País, a media outlet that has managed to adapt and put itself ahead of this social change. Since 1976 they have reported, when no one else did, about Spanish women taking flights to London to have legal abortions, a practice at that time still illegal in Spain. They have committed to the journey for equality since 42 years already. Also, in 2001, the newspaper pioneered in counting the number of fatalities due to sexual violence. They were even ahead of the administrations themselves. This newspaper has a clear gender correspondence, whose objective is to plan and improve the current coverage on these issues. The first correspondent is Pilar Álvarez (Granada, 1977), a journalist with a career of more than 15 years, who has covered social issues and has specialized in equality issues.

HER Festival

La Cultura Es Femenina 2020 rewards Alejandra Galo, the director of HER Festival to celebrate the influence of the festival’s initiative, from a committed but also playful perspective, for setting quotas in favour of women and so, for serving as a platform to make the art works of Canarian female artists visible both nationally and internationally. Galo states: “I thought it would be interesting to investigate what was happening, especially in the world of music, using the data that other associations are collecting and it turned out as I feared: the equality we presume is not real. Inequality continues to affect all sectors and industries, including the cultural, musical and festival industry as well. HER has grown from the desire to fight this inequality”.

Centro de Arte La Regenta

The of La Cultura Es Femenina rewards the contemporary art space La Regenta, a Las Palmas de Gran Canaria based organization which, in recent years, has been working towards gender equality and has presented the largest number of female artists in their exhibitions.

Magüi González and Clara Capitão, against the `glass ceiling´

Finally, the jury has distinguished two women of great importance in the cultural environment, who have managed to break the glass ceiling in this discipline. One of them is the Canarian architect Magüi González, who won the Canarian Architecture Award in 1996 and 2006, and was a finalist at FAD Awards 2006 and at X Biennial of Spanish Architecture Awards. Her work is characterized by a meditative architecture where daylight and the sea have a great influence. Throughout her career, Magüi González has won international design competitions such as the Rehabilitation of the Gabinete Literario de Las Palmas, which is currently underway, the expansion of the Centro de Arte La Regenta and the Waterfront of Puerto del Rosario.

The other professional who has managed to break the glass ceiling in her sector is Clara Capitão, the General Director of the Portuguese office of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial. She shares the responsibility for the Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial with Patxi Beascoa, a member of the Steering Committee of Penguin Random House Spain. Capitão is also an Editorial Director, directly responsible for the two literary labels of Penguin Random House in Portugal, Alfaguara and Companhia das Letras.

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Open calls for artists of any discipline




Aimed to promote and defend gender equality in art and culture, the `La cultura es femenina´ Prize is launching two open calls and two artistic residences whose deadline for entries is January the 28th, 2020. As a novelty in its 2020 edition, music has been added to the already large array of disciplines this prize had included in previous editions.

Call for artists. The first open call addresses to authors working within any artistic discipline (painting, sculpture, illustration, photography, video art, performance etc.) who deal with the visual representations of women in art, nowadays. Thus, it invites applications from artists who dedicate their work to the representation of contemporary women, and to how artists represent #lamujerhoy (#womantoday). The works selected through this open call will be presented within a multimedia exhibition to be held at Espacio Cultural El Tanque (Tank Tenerife) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. The `La cultura es femenina´ Prize of Euros 700 and a trophy will be awarded to one single work chosen among the selected works. 

Call for female music artists. The second open call focuses on promoting and supporting emergent music artists residing in the Canary Islands and is addressed both to female music bands and single female singers who are at the beginning of their career or who have been carrying it out for a few years now. The selected artist or band will be invited to perform at the gala evening scheduled on Saturday, the 15th of February, 2020, will also be awarded a single prize of Euros 700 and the trophy of `La cultura es femenina´ 2020 Prize.

Call for Urban Art and Literature residencies. Furthermore, two residences - one for Urban Art (graffiti, murals, street installations, urban collages, etc.) and one for Literature - have been launched. In the latter, writers, thinkers and theorists are invited to tell the contemporary story of how and if women's representations in the arts and museums have been changing. Each of the two residencies will be 15 days long and is offering Euros 1.000 gross. Additionally, the trophy of `La Cultura Es Femenina´ 2020 Prize will be awarded at the gala evening scheduled on Saturday, February the15th, 2020.

More about `La cultura es femenina´ Prize. `La Cultura Es Femenina´ Prize is part of a larger initiative called `Why culture matters´ that is an interdisciplinary project, which studies, collects, interprets objective data having an impact on culture and creativity, and gives public dissemination of the knowledge and conclusions. It is a project whose mission is to give objective answers to the question of `Why culture is important in equality?´ from different points of view and disciplines. The project also aims to help speeding up the process of achieving equality in culture.

Why do we need to talk about women and culture? In the art and culture world, it is difficult to find women in prominent positions. Females are mostly depicted as ‘mothers’ and carrying out everyday household tasks, as opposed to holding political positions, for instance. This is just an example of what we can find when we focus on inequality in the field of culture and the depiction of women in art. The project #laculturaesfemenina gathers different fields of contemporary artistic practices, acts in different spaces and in doing so it engages female artists from various backgrounds to encourage creativity in equality. In this way, it points out the underrepresentation of women in arts and the existing gender inequality in the cultural sector. For this, rather than just one, #laculturaesfemenina is a sum of projects: it consists of cultural intervention projects in different areas by mostly female artists with works created by mostly female authors.

Organization and sponsors. `La cultura es femenina´ Prize is an initiative of El Laboratorio de Investigación e Innovación en Arquitectura, Urbanismo, Diseño y Turismo Avanzado (The Laboratory of Research and Innovation in Architecture, Urban Planning, Design and Advanced Tourism), a Tenerife based non profit, chaired by the Spanish architect Fernando Menis and is sponsored by el Ministerio de Cultura de España, El Cabildo de Tenerife and Fundación CajaCanarias.

Details and contact. For more information and inquiries concerning the terms and conditions of the calls, please visit our Facebook profile: `El Laboratorio del paisaje´ ( or send us an email at

Prizes Details: 

La cultura es femenina Prize for Art: Euros 700  + trophy  + exhibition

La cultura es femenina Prize for Female Music Artists: Euros 700  + trophy  + invitation to perfom at the gala evening, which closes the art exhibition

La cultura es femenina Urban Art Residency: Euros 1000 + trophy

La cultura es femenina Literature Residency: Euros 1000 + trophy


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