Have you ever wondered why most artworks presented in the largest galleries are by male artists?
Could you name more than five women artists who have or have had relevance in the History of Art?
Aside from being John Lennon's partner (and of course, breaking up the Beatles), what contribution has Yoko Ono made to the art world?
Who are the Guerrilla Girls?
Who would Pollock be without Lee Krasner?
Who was La Dinamitera?
WHO ARE WE?
La Dinamitera is a Women’s Art Festival that aims to act upon the exclusion of women in the world of art and culture, reflecting on the mechanisms that create this situation and the dynamics that can overcome it, demonstrating the work of female artists to the public and building networks within the community that allow us to achieve equality.
The festival founded by Sophie Aguilera (artist) and Emma Fernandez (art historian) started three years ago thanks to the involvement and support of Jess Casey and Xavier Kaye from gallery untitledBCN. With the intention of using artistic creation as a tool for social change we created La Dinamitera, a small self-funded festival dedicated to art, history and feminism,
This year we continue to grow and for this we need your help to fulfill our project: a young and dynamic festival of art and feminist action.
THE FESTIVAL, 2014
The festival will take place during the month of March in Barcelona, coinciding with International Women’s Day (8 March) and this year we intend to expand to more exhibiting spaces, involve more artists and collaborators and create a programme of a broader range of events, with this 3 way agenda:
• "YOUR BODY IS A BATTLEGROUND". COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION.
Barbara Kruger's famous quote becomes the focus and source of inspiration for a exhibition that will bring together the work of a group of artists from different disciplines. The exhibition will last 15 days and will take place in 2 different galleries located in Gracia: UntitledBCN and Cadáver Exquisit. During the show openings the audience will be able to move from one gallery to another with performances taking place in both spaces.
Some of the confirmed artists:
Iria Do Castelo
Monique La Fontaine
• CONFERENCES AND ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS Taking place on International Women’s Day, these aim to reflect upon and discuss the role of women in the modern day art sector, with the participation of several artists, art historians, critics and activists. During the day several feminist related projects, such as the fanzine Bulbasaur, will also be presented.
• OPEN STUDIOS (Gràcia) During 1 weekend Female artists, artisans and designers based in the neighbourhood of Gracia will open the doors of their workshops and creative spaces to showcase their work and promote their projects.
ALL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE FESTIVAL WILL BE FREE OF CHARGE
WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?
The third edition of La Dinamitera will be constructed from four principal aims:
To generate reflection.
To showcase artwork of emerging female artists.
To streamline and encourage links between the key players within the art industry.
To strive for equality.
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS AND THE REWARDS
We are very grateful to all the artists and festival partners who have given us their fantastic work to reward your donations. Here are the details and images of the rewards that you can choose from. we want them ourselves!
This year we have teamed up with the feminist fanzine Bulbasaur to provide patrons who contribute between 10 and 20 euros one of its editions, in addition to these, there are mugs or tote bags with La Dinamitera logo.
From 35€ our patrons receive a voucher for two people to attend an Androna Cultura route ‘Women & Revolution’ (in Barcelona) by ANDRONAcultura
Patrons who contribute 50€ will receive a set of prints by Laia Arqueros, Patricia Picón and Maria Herreros. all participating artists in the festival.
Patrons who contribute 100€ will receive an original artwork by Lidia Tamboleo, festival participant.
"Lepi-Dones" 2012, Lidia Tamboleo
Patrons who contribute 150€ will receive this beautiful ceramic heart handmade by the artist Sophie Aguilera
Foto de Luis Montero
HOW WILL WE USE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS
We will use your contributions to promote the Dinamitera festival and give it more visibility. We want to make this year even better than previous years, to be able to offer all of the activities for free and therefore reach a larger public. The money we receive will cover the costs of all promotional posters & fliers, graphics and installation of the exhibition, such as transport of works and space rental.
The patrons will receive rewards for their pledges from small gifts such as mugs or bags with our logo to original prints and original artworks of our participating artists.
WHEN YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR REWARDS
The festival will take place in March. Rewards will be distributed the day of the show opening at UntitledBCN gallery. Patrons may also collect their rewards during the two weeks of the Festival. National and international pledgers will be sent their rewards by post in March.