We Who Are Many (2019)

We Who are Many (2019)
– and do not want to be the same

mixed-media installation

How do we – women who are artists who are mothers who are daughters who are artists – write ourselves into the (art) world? And, how do we unwrite an already written page? How do we draw from our experiences as splitted subjectivities an intergenerational dialogue with our feminist ancestors?

In the process of setting up the mixed-media installation Magdalena Kallenberger „crawls up the walls“ again, paving the way to unite voices and demands from various eras and struggles against inequality, racism, classism, sexism, and heteronormativity. The fragmentary, expansive wall installation is scattered cumulatively over the whole gallery space. The typographically accentuated text plates give voice to a canonical babble of voices which are throwing their vivid shades onto the walls. Colorful poster gueres in different sizes are crawling up the walls, drawing their individual empowerment from these powerful acts of speech. The colorful duplexity of the monumen- tal posture hereby unfolds its double meaning as an inclined gure paying tribute by bowing down to these glittering allies of historical ancestors. The installation borrows its title from Adrienne Rich (Adrienne Rich, “Notes Towards a Politics of Location”, in Blood, Bread, and Poetry (New York: WW, Norton,1986), (225)).

Feminist Manifestos and other Essays

Maya Deren, „A Statement of Principle“ (1961), Rivolta Femminile, „On Woman’s Absence from Celebratory Manifestations of Male Creativity“ (1971), Agnes Denes, „A Manifest0“ (1969), Grupo Vertebra, „The Vertebra Manifesto“ (1970), Audre Lorde, „Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Rede ning Difference“ (1980), James Baldwin, “The Fire Next Time,” (1963), James Baldwin, “Nothing Perso- nal”, (1963), Valie Export, „Women’s Art: A Manifesto“ (1972), Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki, „Manifesto for a Radical Femi- ninity for an Other Cinema“ (1977), Valerie Jaudon and Joyce Kozloff. Art Hysterical Notions of Progress and Culture (1978), Melissa Meyer and Miriam Shapiro, „Waste Not Want Not: An Inquiry into what Women Saved and Assembled, Femmage“ (1978), Ding Fang, „Red Brigade Precept“ (1987), Anita Dube, „Questions and Dialogue“ (1987) 

We Who Are Many (2019), image-text installation. Exhibition View. ´Ctrl+Alt+Del´ She Said. alpha nova galerie futura, March/April 2019.