Since November 2020, Lungomare – in collaboration with Kunst Meran and the Summer School Südtirol – has been developing the campaign #etwaslaeuftfalsch #qualcosanonva, which reflects predominant narratives of the role of women* in our society. In tandem, artists, designers and authors create poster campaigns against violence against women*, that are in dialogue with each other and occupy public space using a poetic-literary and artistic language.
The thematic assemblage of engagement includes gender equality, patriarchal structures, fixed stereotypical images and myths, cultures of silence, multiple discrimination and intolerance, precarious working conditions of women* as well as the alarming increase of femi(ni)cides, which usually only represent the end of a longer history of suffering of psychological and physical violence against women*.
The public space that surrounds us every day is used and at the same time transformed to stimulate discourse and reflection on these issues that affect us all. Sexism, multiple discrimination and violence against women* are clearly not a women’s* problem.
The posters, which are accompanied by collaborative discussions between the tandems and the curators, local experts and activists, can be found as visual-textual expressions of this discursive process in public and virtual space from June 2021.
*The term woman* offers the possibility that all those who identify as women can see themselves represented by the term woman, but those who identify as women and disagree with this identification can see themselves represented in *.
Autonomous Province of Bolzano
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Municipality of Bolzano
Stiftung Sparkasse Foundation
Municipality of Brixen
The creation process of the posters against violence against women* is accompanied by dialogues with activists and experts. In two digital, discursive workshops at the end of March, different perspectives were brought together, which in their combination drew a complex and somewhat painful picture of our society.
How do patriarchal structures determine prevailing myths in our society? What image of women* is conveyed to boys and men from early childhood and how does this form a fertile ground for various forms of violence? How can we “queer” these images? What performative effect does an unreflective use of language have? How do men also suffer under patriarchal structures? Whose voices are heard? And what does it mean to be a body of colour occupying space?
By gathering different perspectives and the discussions that arose, we tried to explore themes, images, languages and narratives that the posters want to engage with artistically and literarily.
These spaces of shared exchange will continue in the form of readings, discussions, performances and concerts between May and September 2021 in Bolzano at Lungomare, in Merano at Kunst Meran and at the Summer School Südtirol.
23.03.2021 / 14.00 – 17.00
Monika Hauser (Founder and Board Member of the women’s rights organisation Medica Mondiale)
Armin Bernhard (Professor of Social Science, Co-Founder of the Network for Violence Prevention)
31.03.2021 / 16.00 – 19.00
Barbara Bachman & Franziska Gilli (Authors of the book: Whore or Saint – Being a Woman in Italy)
Fouzia Wamaitha Kinyanjui (Activist and Feminist; Organises and coordinates awareness raising projects and empowerment against racism)
Christine Clignon (GEA, Bolzano Women’s Shelter, Contact Point against Violence against Women)
The campaign is supported by a website from which the posters, which are protected by the Creative Commons licence, can be downloaded, printed and disseminated to other areas. We invite you to share the campaign both through social media using the hashtags #qualcosanonva #etwaslaeuftfalsch and in the national and international public space.
On the project website, you can also find mutimedia materials that accompanied and inspired the campaign development process, as well as information about the posters and the contributors.
What´s on25.09.2021 ::: 7 – 9pm ::: Presentation #qualcosanonva + Screening “Mascarilla 19 – Codes of Domestic Violence”
Lungomare, a cultural association founded in Bolzano in 2003, was created from the desire and necessity to open a space in which to share differences, experiences, opinions and desires, a space in which to make the link between cultural production and the political and social dimension. Lungomare undertakes projects that investigate and test possible relationships between design, architecture, urban planning, art and theory, the results of which are presented in different formats: public discussions, conferences, publications, exhibitions and interventions in public spaces. All these formats are characterised by the intention to interact with cultural and socio-political processes relating to the region in which Lungomare is located.
Currently Lungomare’s activities focus on long-term residency projects, a format whereby Lungomare invites guests to engage and interact within the context of South Tyrol. Lungomare’s activities are based on three principles: specific attention to the context in which the association’s projects are undertaken, the transdisciplinary approach that distinguishes these projects, and reflection on the role of Lungomare as a cultural institution in connection with the region in which it operates.
2003 Angelika Burtscher and Daniele Lupo establish Lungomare
2003 – 2005 curators: Patrizia Bertolini, Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Manuela Demattio, Paul Peter Hofer, Brita Köhler, Daniele Lupo
2005 – 2013 curators: Angelika Burtscher e Daniele Lupo
2011 – 2013 scientific committee established: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Vincenzo Mancuso, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher, Heimo Prünster
2014 − 2020 curators: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher
2021 artistic directors: Angelika Burtscher, Daniele Lupo
Production and organisation: Ada Keller
Lungomare is located at the edge of Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, and relates to the context in which it operates, attempting to highlight the dynamics of change. Large urbanized areas alternate with broad areas of intensive cultivation and yet others of picturesque landscape, all of which penetrate the centre of the city. The city is surrounded by mountains and this is one of the reasons why the tourism industry has become a driving force in this locality. The demographic structure of the city has been characterized for a long time by the coexistence of two populations, those speaking German and those speaking Italian. However, the social and demographic composition of Alto Adige Südtirol is changing. Migrants, including those from non-European countries are making their way to the area to settle, whilst others, including political refugees, are flowing through the region.