WOMANIFESTO : an International Art Exchange
Womanifesto was established as a biennale by a group of women artists, writers and activists with the aim of hosting gatherings of women artists from Asian and other countries.
Womanifesto I and Womanifesto II were held in Bangkok in 1997 and 1999 as a gallery exhibition and an outdoor event in a public park, respectively. Unlike its previous manifestations, in 2001 Womanifesto held a workshop on a farm near Kantaraluk, Si Saket, Thailand, with no formal exhibition planned thereafter; and in 2003 as a publication, Procreation/Postcreation. In 2005/6 it was a web project, No Man’s Land, which explored ways in which culture is promoted by states to increase a sense of national identity.
While the original aim of Womanifesto was to strengthen links between and the visibility of women artists in the region, that aim developed to include exploration and valuing of local cultures, including artisanship. In 2008 a residency project was established, explicitly to explore the links between traditional and contemporary art practices.
Co organisers: Nitaya Ueareeworakul and Varsha Nair
Chronology of Events:
2008 Womanifesto Residency Program established at Boon Bandarn Farm, Si Saket, Thailand.
2005/06 No Man's Land. Web Project.
2003 Procreation / Postcreation - A publication project.
2001 Womanifesto Workshop 2001, Held at Boon Bandarn Farm, Si Saket, Thailand.
1999 Womanifesto II. Held at Saranrom Park, Bangkok.
1997 Womanifesto. Group exhibition at Baan Chao Phraya Gallery and Concrete House