Women Commentators

photo: Matylda Tamborska

The exhibition "Women Commentators" was an initiative which launched the eponymous project, showcasing the art of the young generation of female artists, who comment on current political, social and artistic affairs through their art. To participate in our project we invited artists and activists from all over the globe: Rossella Biscotti, Melanie Bonajo, Gabriela Golder, Nicoline van Harskamp, Ana Hušman, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Jane Jin Kaisen, Magda M, Tamara Moyzes, Marina Naprushkina, Aleka Polis, Marta Prus. The exhibition was curated by Leonida Kovač and Anna Walewska.

After several dozen decades in which women have fought for their fundamental rights and privileges, we are facing a clear divide, both in art and other domains. In general, men have a voice on issues considered important from the point of view of history, social and moral change, whereas women tend to speak about emotions, body and tradition. The aim of the exhibition was not only to show the world viewed by women as “the other point of view”, but to treat their commentary as equal to the official, male-dominated narrative. We want to break the stereotypical divide into "male" and "female" realms, which contributes to ignoring or marginalizing women’s voice. The exhibition, as well as its side events, were an attempt to present to the audience, in an appealing and compelling form, difficult and little known content, which has never been shown in Poland, while promoting socially engaged art created by women. The exhibition aimed at creating an opportunity for artists using different media and originating from different countries to work together. We designed a platform for collaboration and exchange between the artists and the audience.

Display of Nicoline van Harskamp's work, photo: Mirek Szewczyk
Display of works by Tamara Moyzes and Ana Hušman (in the background), fragment, photo: Mirek Szewczyk
Display of work by Nadia Kaabi-Linke, fragment, photo: Mirek Szewczyk
Display of works by Aleka Polis and Marina Naprushkina (in the background), fragment, photo: Mirek Szewczyk
Exhibition opening, photo: Matylda Tamborska
Exhibition opening, photo: Matylda Tamborska
Exhibition opening, photo: Matylda Tamborska

Women Commentators exhibition
Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle

Project co-financed by: Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.


Weronika Adamowska, Fabio Cavallucci, Beate Cegielska, Zofia Chojnacka, Klementyna Dec, Henryk Gac and the team, Joanna Kopacka, Witold Mierzejewski, Klaudia Polak-Szewczyk, Marta Syrzistie, Mirek Szewczyk, Joanna Szwajcowska, Katarzyna Tomczak-Wysocka, Joerg v. Weiler