An international feminist network explores the paradox surrounding intimacy, rooted in sexism and oppression.
In 2019, a group of Berlin based womxn has joined there skills and ideas to create HEROINES WAVE (HW).
Initiated with the inaugural project THE ENCLOSED GARDEN (TEG), a PopUP nighttime exhibition program for womxn that happens once a year in a country in development. This event
invites emergent artists from East, North, South and West for a month of psychological investigation & artistic practices to propose a new approach to the antagonism between private & public spaces.
TEG an intense laboratory of research and creation initiated by the researcher, curator and artist Celia Stroom. After few 15 years of consultancy for museums, collectives and art fundations, she proposes here a new format of art residency and exhibition that opens new connections among the audience and the artists.
HW is managed in flat hierarchy by volunteer cultural managers:
THE ENCLOSED GARDEN
residency & exhibition program
In this new kind of exhibition, we question physical and emotional behaviors. How locked away from our intimate realities are we?
One of the challenges of the selected artists is to create a series of artworks within 2 weeks of residency and to exhibit them a week later. With such an intensive format, we enhance spontaneous creativity. The artists take up the challenge to create in immersion, living together and working continuously in order to blend their different visions of the concept of Intimacy.
This event happens every year in a new country where women are not free to express themselves.Producing such an ambitious project represents significant costs. Therefore, the network raises funds to prepare the project, to finance the residency space and to cover the budget for the production of the exhibition. It also provides artists with accommodation on site and daily stipends. If artists cannot apply for a travel grant, HEROINES support travel fees as well. Moreover, all artists receive equal fees for the exhibition, no matter the country where they come from.
sound & digital projects
This platform for digital and sound projects is based on intimate testimonials of womxn. Radio and Websites can be heard and seen from every mobiles, everywhere. No matter where we are, listening womxn’s 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 the participants, in line with the ethics of sociological research, are protected through anonymity, but help shed light on larger issues of oppression, isolation and silencing.
Heroines strives to uplift and empower these marginalized voices: all of the sudden, they are the voices of the many.
The W(E)AVE is composed of podcasts, calls for music compositions, online digital interface.
Ressources about women pioneers
Every year, HeroinesWave choose a topic of exploration. Then women are free to submit ressources whenever they like.
The main page of HeroinesWave exhibits every year pictures coming from this library that grows month after month.
Please send us texts, images, on
In 2020, the focus is the pioneers in photography 1890-1960.
Research gathering and a Magazine
Starting from 2021, HeroinesWave will organise monthly in Berlin a session of research about the vague concept of Intimacy and new ways of creation and dissemination of new methods of work and knowledge.
Our research will be then published on an e-magazine bymonthly.
?? INTIMACY ??
All the artists who join all our projects are focusing their research on the study on what intimacy is, from a psychological, political, sociological and anthropological perspective.
Intimacy implies reciprocity, transparency, unreserved exchange. The Heroines follow these principles in their process of work since Intimacy is based on a very close familiar and effective connection with others as a result of a number of common experiences.
Their management is therefore based on flat hierarchy and these values unites the artists who joined every year THE ENCLOSED GARDEN, THE W(E)AVE and THE ROOTS.
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 contemporary society.
Together, let's open the door of the enclosed garden,
this inner world, the shelter, the prison or the pyre, the greenhouse.
With such willful extravagance, gardening the unconscious, providing every reason to let go its hold, from beating heart to wild grasses, immersing in the heart of female psychology, gardens of quills,
all the selected artists of this annual event know well how to bewitch,
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