Women’s Time – Here and Now Thirty Years Later
The idea behind the group exhibition Women’s Time – Here and Now Thirty Years Later was to reunite over twenty women who participated in an exhibition named Here and Now at Kjarvalsstaðir in the autumn of 1985. It was one of the most ambitious events in a women’s arts festival held to mark the end of the United Nations Decade for Women. The aim of the exhibition was to make women’s contributions to the world of art and culture more visible. Many of the women who were selected to participate in the exhibition had just started their careers, while others had been active in showing their work for the previous decade. The reason for this new exhibition is also related to a festival for women: This year we celebrate the centenary of votes for women in Iceland. As in the 1985 exhibition the focus is on exhibiting new pieces, and all the women who took part in Here and Now were invited to participate, as they are all still active artists and exhibitors, with the exception of two who are deceased. The works in the exhibition span a range of methods, media and ideas.
The exhibition Women’s Time – Here and Now Thirty Years Later involves following up on the group of women and exploring the art they are making today. Because the exhibition spans a period of thirty years, the women's ”time” is addressed by giving insight into the creative processes and methods of each artist. For that reason the exhibition will not only include finished pieces, but also sketches, studies, photographs and other materials associated with the creative process. On the walls will be fragments of texts: quotations from conversations between the curator and the artists in their studios. This part of the exhibition asks whether the artists’ gender has in any way influenced their careers – which may thus perhaps be seen as women’s time.