Gender is socially constructed sex. Gender studies examine the way history and culture determine sex. Who a man or a woman is in a given world largely depends on the one who manipulates these images. For centuries the conception of gender has remained in the hands of religions, which have imposed ʻproperʼ social roles on the representatives of different sexes. This has been going for so long that it has come to be seen by many as the law of nature. A vast majority of religions have reduced woman to the role of the weaker, more stupid and subordinate sex. To many people this still seems to be ʻnaturalʼ. Currently we are trying to understand the mechanisms behind this manipulation and lead to a situation in which full dignity and equal rights of all genders would be secured. We endeavour to arrive at a point where gender would cease to be an ideological construct and become man’s individual decision that is closest to their sense of identity. The exhibition at MOCAK fits in with the field of these reflections, studies and claims.
Gender in Art is another project in MOCAK’s series that confronts significant civilisational themes with artist’s interpretation. The international exhibition will feature works of about forty artists.The accompanying publication, beside documenting the exhibition, will be a collection of essays which will present the issue from different perspectives.
NY Arts Staff – Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow: Press Release