An open network of womxn & queer cultural managers that produces art events about intimate stories.

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Founded in 2019 in the multicultural Berlin, HW* is an independent lab run by artists, art managers and researchers. 

> We Create: Collective artworks and hybrid curatorial approaches.

> We Produce: LIVE & ONLINE projects about real intimacy

> We Connect: People that can't travel, to deconstruct ethnocentrism.

> We Learn: Through residencies, exchanging skills, and knowledge.

> We Heal: Our projects are devoted to emotional processing, collective healing.

Everyone is welcome to propose a project as always have more chance to get grants when we unite forces. This platform has been imagined Salomé Jashi and Celia Stroom in may 2019, joined in 2020 by Diane Barbé, Bussaraporn Thongchai, Annina Lehmann and in 2021 by Anna Frick. As the team works on voluntary basis, you are welcome to join us (+) or even donate (+). 





* Our name in tribute to the Claude Cahun essay Heroines (1930)

"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 non gendered is the heroine among heroines." 

In Ancient Greek, Hērōḯnē and the suffix "ḯnē" means "of the nature of being a Hērōs, a gender-neutral term for a person who acts with courage. Our wave is made of humans who strive to create wild and free art events, outside of the box. Whether in air, water or in the space-time continuum, our community keeps moving from one place to another, creating wavelike connections & vibrations.

They add and subtract, as they pass through each other, and then, continue their way, full of substrates of all kinds.

2019 the inaugural event has been designed by the museologist Celia Stroom. Encouraging a new format of exhibition in contrast to the traditional collections-centred museum models, she has conceived a multisensory & multidisciplinary exhibition labelled as ”The Enclosed Garden" (TEG). ​It defends a new expology, far from the clinical white cube model, where the full body can be immersed in wild artistic proposals.

2020 the quatuor of managers has conceived a digital Enclosed Garden to visit at night and early from a laptop. If all the rooms are visited, the exploration can last for 4 hours.

2021 the sound researcher Diane Barbé will launch The W(e)ave, an experimental sound platform harboring music compositions & testimonials from queer and FLINT voices from all over the world. A digital platform will be created to stimulate new imaginaries of relations of care and respect for all living beings.

2022 we will publish Crystallization, a series of articles about our methods and formats of art events experimented the last three first years of activity.

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How an exhibition project can re-create links among humans ?

"The enclosed garden" (TEG) is composed of a residency of research and creation isolated in a safe space in the countryside. It's followed by a hidden exhibition installed in a former building. The audience informed by networking and by word of mouth rings the bell and open the door of a space designed by 10 women (5 from the host country and 5 from abroad). Room after room, they discover a free space where womxn work towards opening up about psychological, political, societal perceptions. 


How locked away from our intimate realities are we?

The project challenges our personal perception of Nature (outside) and our own 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 unique individual nature. The enclosed garden project is an island, bringing everyone far from daily routine and offering a space for equality, learning, healing. 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.


Towards a new format of exhibition.

2019 2020 2021 
22 countries THAILAND
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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.




Towards digital intimacy.

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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.

Heroines'Wave 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 society. 

< Listen the artists who joined our projects.


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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 all over the world know well how to bewitch,


weave dream

to reality.

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©2021 HEROINES' WAVE  a website by StudioStroom 

> We question the fear of intimacy in places where mutuality, emotional expression, self-reflection are not valued.
> We advocate transnational collaborations between countries where sharing intimate topics is taboo.
> We imagine scenographies to get people closer.