MOCAK, Beta Gallery, Krakow: All the World’s Women Are in Me!

09.11.2011-29.01.2012

Exhibition place: MOCAK, Beta Gallery
Author: Ane Lan
Curator: Maria Anna Potocka
Curator assistant: Delfina Piekarska

All the World's Women Are in Me! is a male edition of a feminist exhibition. It shows woman's presence in the world, her versatility and her ability to adapt to all circumstances. The exhibition highlights commonly prevailing stereotypes in the treatment of women and their helplessness in standing up to them. This is a statement about the changing role of gender at a time of  'in-depth democracy', which requires empathy with the other party and the situation itself, as well as an ability to become – at least for a moment – someone else.

Ane Lan sets up situations which oblige him to become a woman, which entails looking at the world from a female perspective. But – as there is no such thing as an archetypal woman, but there are as many women as there are there individual stories, circumstances or occupations – the artist becomes very different characters. He is at all times very sympathetic to his subjects. There is no irony in his works – unless we assume that his submission to the roles undertaken is ironic; there is no dressing up, no drag. There is a genuine need to empathise – a gesture which women had not experienced before.

The exhibition is organized as a part of the project Norway Expanded.

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