From November 2020 onwards, Lungomare – in collaboration with Kunst Meran and the Summer School Südtirol – developed the campaign #etwaslaeuftfalsch #qualcosanonva, which reflected on dominant narratives of the role of women* in our society. In tandem, artists, designers and authors created poetic-literary and artistic poster campaigns against violence against women* for public spaces.
The thematic framework of the debate included 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 from psychological and physical violence against women*.
Public spaces that surround us every day were used and at the same time transformed to stimulate discourse and reflection on these issues that affect us all. Because it is clear that sexism, multiple discrimination and violence against women* are not a women’s* problem.
The posters, which were accompanied in their creation by collaborative discussions between the tandems and the curators, local experts and activists, could be seen as a visual-textual expression of this discursive process in the public space of South Tyrol in June and September 2021 and in social media.
Now the campaign is being taken further in digital and other public spaces beyond South Tyrol.
*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 *.
The creation process of the posters against violence against women* was 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 sometimes painful picture of our society.
How do patriarchal structures condition prevailing myths in our society? What image of women* is conveyed to boys and men from an early age and how does this form a breeding 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 can be heard? And what does it mean to be a body of colour occupying space?
By collecting different perspectives and the discussions that arose, we tried to explore themes, images, languages and narratives that the posters dealt with artistically and literarily. These spaces of shared exchange continued 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)
A total of 15 artistic-literary posters were created that address different aspects of violence against women*.
The posters were displayed throughout the public space of South Tyrol by a first poster campaign in June and a second one in September. A total of about 4,000 large-format and bilingual posters were displayed throughout the province – in villages and towns, at bus stops, train stations and advertising spaces.
On the accompanying project website, the posters, which are protected under a Creative Commons licence, can be downloaded and printed out free of charge in various formats and thus reach other regions beyond South Tyrol. At the same time, the website offers further information on the project, the artists and a multimedia fund containing essays, texts and audios on the topic.
With Pensiero Manifesto
The #qualcosanonva #etwaslaeuftfalsch campaign against violence against women was shown in the city of Jesi (Marche) on the occasion of the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women” from 25 November 2021.
Pensiero Manifesto collective is a group of people who have decided to provide a critical reading of the social and cultural context in which they live, using graphic language and a specific tool: the poster.
The members of the collective come from different backgrounds: graphic designers, artists, illustrators, photographers, video-makers, anthropologists, researchers, all sharing the same vision, which associates the word communication with the concept of usefulness. They take the floor to stimulate confrontation, to activate a dialogue, to claim the profound bond between a city and its inhabitants.
The poster is the meeting place, a 70×100 diaphragm in which the private becomes public, in which individual thought becomes collective.
The campaign is supported and shared by an continously growing network of partners:
- Feminist Infocafé Merano
- Women’s Office of the Municipality of Bolzano
- Women against Violence Merano
- Women’s shelter service Brixen
- Women’s March South Tyrol
- Women’s Museum Merano
- GEA- Women’s Shelter Bolzano
- Equality Council South Tyrol
- Non Una Di Meno Bolzano- Bolzano
- Pensiero Manifesto
Autonomous Province of Bolzano
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Municipality of Bolzano
Stiftung Sparkasse Foundation
Municipality of Brixen
What´s onEXHIBITION :: Binta Diaw :: Collective Practices – A Living Experience of Feeling Listened
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.
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.