Petra Bauer

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Women and Images in Movement(s). How film and photography can be used to negotiate politics.

Workshop. Preheating: November 24th 2015, 15h-18h. First day: November 25th 2015, 10:30h-13:30h and 15h-18h. Second day: November 26th 2015, 10:30h.-13:30h.
Talk. November 26th 2015, 18h.
Tabakalera, Duque de Mandas 52, Donostia.

In the workshop the group will watch films and videos together, discuss their politics and specifically address the intersection between aesthetics and politics: how we through art or film projects can engage with, as well as challenge contemporary social and political events and processes. There are two aspects to this: on the one hand, political commitment on a content level; on the other, whether and how the artwork or the film can be considered to be political acts in themselves.

For a longer time Petra Bauer have been inspired by feminist theory and practice which stress the dialectical relations between larger political structures and the organisation of every day life. She is particularly interested in how this double movement can be visualised in visual art. She explores these themes by using feminist strategies and theories that critically focus on and politicize conditions of productions, authorship, narrative structures, and the choice of aesthetic strategies. On a content level, several of her works focus on how women have chosen to collectively self-organise themselves, both within art and society at large, in order to change political and social structures as well as everyday life and individual practices.

Petra Bauer works as an artist and filmmaker based in Stockholm. She is concerned with the question of film as a political practice, and sees film as a space where social and political negotiations can take place. Petra graduated from Malmö Art Academy in 2003. Between 2007 and 2010 she did Cinema studies at the Stockholm University. Currently she is doing her PhD at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. Her work has been exhibited widely, including festivals and exhibitions at institutions such as 56th Venice Biennale– international exhibition; Showroom, London; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Frankfurter Kunstverein; CAC Vilnius; Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Stadtgalerie; Kiel, Casino Luxemburg and Tallinn Art Hall.

See more pictures of Petra Bauer’s intervention here.