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A not-for-profit volunteer-run platform innovates new formats of art events to stimulate a dialogue about intimate taboos.

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WHO ARE WE 

We advocate transnational collaboration among QUEER ARTISTS & arts leaders from patriarchal countries. 

NEW FORMATS ART RESIDENCIES, EXHIBITIONS, DIGITAL & SOUND PLATFORM ARE CONCEIVED TO ENHANCE EXCHANGES about intimacy.


 

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HEROINES' WAVE  (HW)* is a participatory platform dedicated to finding grants and producing art gatherings, online and live. Since 2019, this independent lab is run by a collaborative open-system network of feminist, activist, queer artists, curators and researchers from all over the world. It was born out of the need for safer spaces for womxn from liberticidal countries to speak, share, express and connect. 

 

Together, we: 

  • Create: collective artworks, contents, concepts, methods,

  • Connect: networking, deconstructing ethnocentrism, imagining exchanges,

  • Learn: enhancing competences, new discoveries,

  • Explore: researching new definitions, future collaborations/projects, grants.

 

The inaugural project of HW was brought by the researcher Celia Stroom. She defends a ‘new museology / expology’ that strives to challenge the social and political roles of museums, outside of museums, encouraging new ways of expression in contrast to the traditional collections-centred museum models.

Therefore, the research of the last 10 years resulted to an experimental exhibition format that aims to connect the society and the artists through a multisensory experience called ”The Enclosed Garden" (TEG). There, a team of selected artists questions every year the personal relationship with Nature and with Intimacy, both often structured by cultural and educational backgrounds. This project welcomes in residence and exhibition womxn artists. 

In November 2021, the researcher Diane Barbé add a second project, The W(e)ave, a sound platform for queer artists with a new format of podcast where all the senses are in fusion with imaginaries and realities of humans of all kind.

 

This website is changing every month as new research make us growing.

In 2019, the utopian platform has been imagined by Salomé Jashi (Georgia) and Celia Stroom (Nomad), joined in 2020 by Diane Barbé (France), Bussaraporn Thongchai (Thailand) and Annina Lehmann (Germany).

 

Whenever you like, #jointhewave

*HEROINES'WAVE > Behind the name...


Whether in air, water or space-time, this community forms waves. They keep moving from one place to another, creating sound, light, connections & vibrations. They add and subtract, as they pass through each other, and then, continue their way, full of substrates

of all kinds. 

Waves have multiple shapes, like in Claude Cahun essay, "Heroines", a queer bible from the 1930s.  [Read full version here (ENG/FR)]

<< Under this mask, another mask.

Shuffle the cards.

Masculine? Feminine? It depends on the situation.

Neuter is the only gender that suits me.

I know where I go, I want to guide you,

My awkward design, will not injure you.

The androgynous  is the heroine among heroines. >>

Etymology. Hērōs (Ancient greek ἥρως ) is a gender-neutral term for a person who acts with courage. Hero (in Greek mythology) was the priestess of Aphrodite . Hērōḯnē (ἡρωΐνη ) and the suffix "ḯnē" means "of the nature of ". Therefore our use of "heroines" is not gendered.

 
 
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How locked away from our intimate realities are we?

The enclosed garden challenges our personal perception of the nature (outside) and our nature (inside). The enclosed garden is a place where we contemplate, dialogue with each element to cut ourselves off from our society where we learn to deny the nature and our nature.

The enclosed garden is an island, bringing us far from daily routine. The short duration of a month triggers a searing shock which feeds the creative energy. Every day we investigate links between our past and present, our vision of reality and our surrealist imaginations, between utopia and dystopia. This exhibition project works around this tension, generating an inner explosion, that artists share later on with the audience, who are offered the possibility to experience an intimate moment, far from the clinical and aseptic atmosphere of the white cubes. We call this exhibition format an EXPLOSITION.

What are the conditions ?

TEG happens every year in a new country.

Producing such an ambitious project represents significant costs. Therefore, HW raises funds to prepare the project, to finance the residency space and to cover the budget for the production of the exhibition. t also provides artists with accommodation on site and daily stipends. If artists cannot apply for a travel grant, HW support travel fees as well. Moreover, all artists receive equal fees for the exhibition, no matter the country where they come from.

As the team works on voluntary basis, you are welcome to donate (+) or/and join us (+). I

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THE ENCLOSED GARDEN
towards a new format of exhibition

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This platform for digital and sound projects weaves intimate testimonials of queer humans. Radio and Websites can be heard and seen from mobiles, everywhere. No matter where we are, listening to testimonials from all around the world, we suddenly enter the private sphere of humans who release often for the first time hidden thoughts. Through brand new online digital interfaces, the voices of spontaneous contributors, in line with the ethics of sociological research, are protected through anonymity, but help shed light on larger issues of oppression, isolation and silencing.

Our LAB strives to uplift and empower these marginalized voices: all of the sudden, they are the voices of the many.

 

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS NOV 2021

RELEASED IN DEC 2021

THE WEAVE (NEW)
towards digital intimacy

 
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?? INTIMACY ?? 

Artists who join our projects are focusing their research on 'what intimacy is' from a psychological, political, sociological and anthropological perspective.

Intimacy implies reciprocity, transparency, unreserved exchange. Members of the Heroines'Wave aim to follow these principles in their process of collaboration since Intimacy is based on a very close familiar and effective connection with others.

Here, we strive to dismantle explicit and implicit forms of censorship in order to better apprehend together the social and ontological resonances of intimacy in our capitalist & individualist contemporary society. All our projects aim to re-introduce intimate connections among the artists and the audience.

< Listen what inspire the artists who join Heroines.

Heroines
research
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perform
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INTIMACy

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Now, let's open the door of 31 enclosed gardens,

these inner worlds, shelters, prisons or pyres! 

With such willful extravagance, gardening the unconscious, providing every reasons to let go its hold,

from beating hearts to wild grasses,

immersing in the heart of human psychology,

gardens of quills, of thrilling sounds,

all these womxn from 22 countries know well how to bewitch,

and

weave dream

to reality.

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ONLINE EXHIBITION 
 
 

©2021 HEROINES' WAVE  a website by StudioStroom 

#HeroinesWave