Intersectional Feminism

Age of the Bimbo

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Woman Made Gallery is seeking submissions for our July - September, 2022 group exhibition juried by melissa mursch-rodriguez (she/her) (artist, curator, and founder of Moody Zine). This exhibition will be held at Woman Made Gallery located at 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Chicago, IL 60608 in the Pilsen neighborhood. 

EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION

Woman Made Gallery seeks artworks in any medium that celebrates the bimbo -- exploring hyper-femininity as a tool for empowerment and putting self-pleasure first.

Girlbosses are out, bimbos are in! But the new bimbo isn’t dumb; she’s empowered, utilizing beauty to get ahead by being underestimated and putting her pleasure first. She’s a she, a they, any body type or ethnicity, is pro-sex work, pro-BLM, pro-choice, and is radically confident and hot while doing so.

There is careful thought behind bimbology, taking the male gaze that's been unavoidable since birth and using it to create a caricature through the performance of vanity and cluelessness. The bimbo uses our culture’s idea of intelligence - rooted in patriarchal, racist, and ableist norms - and uses it to gain whatever she wants. A self-aware bimbo is everything men want visually whilst also being everything they hate: self-aware, sexually empowered, politically conscious, and beyond.

Bimbos have unlocked these facts: both intelligence and attractiveness are flimsy constructs that are regularly wielded against femmes, people of color, and neurodivergent people. Reverse the fetishization of femininity and embrace your bimboism!

Keywords : Bimbology, hyper-femininity, beauty, sex positivity, sex work, side hustle, onlyfans, unlearning "inner male gaze", anti-capitalism/anti-productivity

 

The juror is interested in work that investigates:

  • How do you feel empowered through appearance? Through make-up? Through sex?
  • How do you use male gaze-informed beauty standards to gain power?
  • What does day-to-day life look like in the eyes of a hyper feminine presenting person?
  • How can bimboism be used to uplift marginalized voices?
  • Can embracing bimboism lead to greater happiness?
  • Can bimboism be used to outsmart capitalistic productivity standards?
  • What does a bimbo look like to you?

Woman Made Gallery seeks artwork in all mediums. We encourage intersectional feminist approaches and lived experiences considering gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and/or disability, among other social locations.

ABOUT THE JUROR

melissa mursch-rodriguez (she/her) is a milwaukee-based creative whose practice exists between the realms of fiber arts, zinemaking, poetry, and curatorial programming. she finds herself at the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender as a mixed chicana queer woman. In her work, she hopes to address these intersections that give her simultaneously shared and disparate experiences mirroring and speaking to those with overlapping and different identities than her own. regardless of the vehicle used, she hopes to share her identities and vulnerabilities, as well as platform those of others in hopes of creating community and connection.

in 2020, mursch-rodriguez founded the bi-monthly zine publication Moody. Moody is made up of paid artist contributions emphasizing queer and BIPOC creatives. featured artists share not only images of work, but stories, poems, notes on their creative process, qr codes to online content, and anything else that can be put on a page. she also continues writing and performing poetry, curating and facilitating artist sales and events, and works as a senior admissions counselor at the milwaukee institute of art & design.

IMPORTANT DATES

EXHIBITION DATES: July 30 - September 10, 2022

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, July 30 at 4-7 PM CST

ARTISTS WALKTHROUGH: September 10, 2022 at 3:30 PM CST

FIRST DEADLINE : May 15 2022 12 AM CST

EXTENDED DEADLINE (submission fee increase to $35):*  May 22 12 AM CST

SUBMISSION FEE
*The submission fee is $30 until the first deadline. The submission fee will then increase to $35 per submission for an extended deadline . Only one submission may be entered per artist. Each submission requires one artwork, though up to three artworks may be considered per submission. Paid submission does not guarantee an exhibition opportunity. No refunds offered.

Members at the Enhanced Artist Level and above receive one free entry annually. Please email general@womanmade.org to receive your one-time code for free entry redemption.

WMG offers fee waivers to those that request the need and upon approved application. WMG offers 25 fee waivers in total. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, 15 of the 25 are exclusively reserved for ALAANA/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+. Factors that result in an approved application include financial instability or low income status, student or recent graduate status, identification as ALAANA/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+, or a demonstrated need otherwise. WMG accepts Fee Waiver Request forms on a rolling basis until all fee waivers have been distributed. A note declaring all fee waivers have been distributed will be added to the Submission form at that time. (That is, if you are reading this, the form is active, and there are still fee waivers available!) The team at WMG will approve and send a Submittal fee waived link within 4 days of application receipt.  To request a fee waiver -- complete this form.

ELIGIBILITY

Woman Made Gallery is a space for women and nonbinary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists. We welcome art from women and non-binary artists from our local community, regionally based, and around the world.

Due to limited staff and wall size restrictions, artworks must fall within 6’ horizontally and under 75 pounds in weight, unless delivered to and picked up from our 4th floor gallery by the artist. Artists may be additionally responsible for the installation of oversized works.

New media artworks are eligible. To be considered, artists must  submit a sample .mp4 or url under 10mins for purposes of consideration. For exhibition, WMG requires a digital transfer (Google Drive, Vimeo downloads, WeTransfer) as well as a USB formatted in .mp4 file format delivered to the gallery. WMG can provide a limited number of media players, Epson projectors and TV monitors with basic speakers. All other new media needs are the responsibility of the artist.

ART SALES
Accepted work may be listed for sale, though is not required. WMG will retain a 40% commission on sold works. Work remains the property of the artist until sold. Sold artworks shall remain in the exhibition until the end of the exhibition. Artists will be paid no later than 30 days after the close of the exhibit.

TERMS OF EXHIBITION
An artist contract with full terms of the exhibition will be administered at the time of acceptance notification.

If work is not picked up from exhibition by the date noted in the artist contract, the work will become the property of Woman Made Gallery and subject to donation to WMG's fundraising efforts, or otherwise discarded. WMG is happy to talk through preparations, offer advice, and recommend resources as requested.

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22/May/2022

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Call for artists: The Sleepover

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The Sleepover is an international community art project that explores the significance of female gathering traditions.

Women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to share art inspired by their personal experiences with sleepovers, religious traditions, sewing circles, girl scouts, mehndi parties, baby showers, unique family customs--the list goes on! While the project team is based in Maryland, we welcome all US and international entries.

We're seeking visual art, memories, short stories, music, sound art, essays, videos, poems, physical objects, and multidisciplinary work. These will be curated for digital exhibition and serve as inspiration for an original theatre piece. The Sleepover is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org).

Offerings may be shared by email, snail mail, or via our toll-free hotline through July 15, 2021.

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15/July/2021

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Hysteria

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Open Call “3/21 - hysteria”

The history of hysteria is a history of the relation between the colonizing father and the colonized devalued other.”

Judith L. Alpert

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Hysteria was considered a "female" illness until well into the 20th century and was treated with violent methods. Today, gender minorities who fight for their rights are described as "hysterical", while populations who rebel against dictatorships are oftentimes not only silenced on a daily basis but also brutally beaten down during protests. Victims and survivors of psychological and physical violence are met with a lack of awareness. Those, who speak up about their experiences face victim blaming, defamation and retraumatization. 

But what exactly is hysteria and how does it manifest? When is hysteria a needed call for action, when is it hyperbolical selfishness? And why is there a lack of support for those, who don't want to accept what is occuring to them? How is it possible that politicians world wide are still able to stir up fears? 

 

The above mentioned and many other questions will be discussed during the exhibition hysteria organized by Lisa Jureczko and Ava Weis. The exhibition will take place between March 12th and 14th, 2021, online - and if the current situation allows it - offline at our studio kollektiv drei in Wuppertal, Germany.

hysteria is meant to be a possibility to deconstruct the patriarchal structurs of the art scene. Especially marginalized groups are those, who are faced with the accusation of being "too hysterical" and whose voices are oftentimes overheard, ignored, appropriated or censored.

 

Therefore, this call for applications is aimed particularly at FLINTA and artists of color.

 

We look forward to your submissions by February 10, 2021.

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Wurde Hysterie noch bis weit ins 20. Jahrhundert als psychische Frauen*krankheit gesehen und mit gewaltvollen Methoden behandelt, erlebt sie heute ein denkwürdiges Revival. Gender-Minorities, die weltweit um die ihnen zustehenden Rechte kämpfen, werden als hysterisch verschrien, immer mehr Bevölkerungen lehnen sich gegen diktatorische Staatsgewalt auf und werden dabei brutal niedergeschlagen. Betroffenen von psychischer und körperlicher Gewalt wird Unverständnis entgegengebracht und die Schuld für ihr Schicksal zugesprochen. Wer mit den eigenen Erfahrungen an die Öffentlichkeit tritt, wird nicht selten diffamiert und re-traumatisiert. 

Aber was genau ist Hysterie? Welche Formen kann sie annehmen? Wann ist hysterisches Verhalten ein benötigter Aufschrei, wann ist es übertriebener Egoismus? Warum mangelt es an Unterstützung für Menschen, die nicht stillschweigend hinnehmen wollen, was mit ihnen geschieht? Wie schaffen es Politiker*innen immer noch mit Polemik Ängste zu schüren?

Diese und weitere Fragestellungen behandelt die von Lisa Jureczko und Ava Weis konzipierte Ausstellung hysteria, die vom 12. bis 14. März im kollektiv drei in Wuppertal stattfindet. In den Räumlichkeiten sollen dafür weitere Arbeiten diverser Künstler*innen aller Sparten gezeigt werden, die "Hysterie" und den Umgang mit eben dieser thematisieren.

Mit hysteria möchten wir die patriarchalen Strukturen der Kunst- und Kulturbranche durchbrechen, denn es sind vor allem marginalisierte Personengruppen, die mit dem Vorwurf der Hysterie konfrontiert, und deren Stimmen weitestgehend übergangen, angeeignet oder zensiert werden.

Daher richtet sich diese Ausschreibung insbesondere an FLINTA und Künstler:innen of Color. 

Wir freuen uns über eure Einreichungen bis zum 10. Februar 2021.

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10/February/2021

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