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Gallery Matica Srpska: Perceptions; Women Tailored to Society?

The exhibition



joint exhibition of the Gallery of Matica srpska and British Council

at the Gallery of Matica srpska, Novi Sad, Serbia

from September 28th 2018 to January 6th 2019

The exhibition Perceptions is one of a series of five which will be shown within the Western Balkans under the collective title Perceptions, presenting 24 works of art by 14 female artists from the British Council Collection. The exhibition Perceptions; Woman Tailord to Society? in the Gallery of Matica srpska in Novi Sad, juxstaposing the works of art from the collections of the British Council and the Gallery of Matica srpska. The main criterion for the selection of works of art is to question ‘how does art reflect the idea of a Women Tailored to Society at different time periods and through the media of artistic expression?’ Compared to the collection of the British Council, which is a collection of works of contemporary artists, created in the 20th century to present day, the works of art from the Gallery’s collection mostly came to life in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. Through this approach, we wanted to present the universality of the topics within the Perceptions project and the possibility to read about it in selected works, regardless of the time of their creation.

The idea of the exhibition is to show the model of the representation of women, their role and instrumentalisation in art and society, and also to encourage visitors to think about timeless categories of certain “women’s issues”. Are Women artists known to the public the same as men? What was the position of women, and especially women artists in the society back in the day and what is that position now? How does society perceive a woman? Does gender equality really exist in practice? What does the construct “Woman Tailored to Society” indicates, and what are its consequences?

Through the rich accompanying exhibition programme there are thematic lectures every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m., and also Creative workshops for children and youth.

The exhibition is curated by Jelena Ognjanović, curator of the Gallery of Matica srpska.

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