top of page
242645117_10158079536660653_6715640588365683149_n.jpg

Civic Women

Photographs by Foto Fišer

The Project

The two year cross-cultural collaborative project kicked off at  the ArtMill Barn Gallery July 29, 2018.  It is part of a larger co-operation that ArtDialog is engaging in with other art + farmers + civic groups across Europe, culminating in the 30 year anniversary of the "Artists' Revolution" in former Czechoslovakia. 

The Cinema House, or KINO, has always been a place where communities come together to witness worlds envisioned and created by artists. As such, the KINO offers a space for a town’s collective dreaming. It is where characters speak and metaphors abound, filling people’s imagination with stories that are at once familiar but also offer new possibilities for how to live in the world. 

In mid-summer 2019, in the Bohemian village of Horaždovice, Czech Republic, the local KINO will be transformed into a hub of creative activity, community exchange and collective imagining. This site, built in the1970s during Stalinist-influenced totalitarian rule, survived the first twenty-five years of national democratic reforms after the Velvet Revolution, only to shut its doors two years ago as the town’s population dwindled and more private digital media platforms became popular. But for a short period this summer, Horaždovice's KINO will once again become animated, illuminating possible worlds imagined by local women in collaboration with international artists.

Line-up.

ARTISTS:

BaharBehbahani (Iran/USA) 

ElaineBuckholtz (USA)

SonyaClark (USA),

 Susanne Cockrell (USA)

Sarah K. Khan (USA) + Meeta Mastani (India)

 Mine Ovacik (Turkey)

G.E. Patterson (USA)

Adonis Volanakis (Greece) 

CURATOR:  Lydia Matthews (USA/Greece) 

CO-CURATOR:  Barbara Benish (USA/Czech Republic)

PRODUCER:   Art Dialog

LOCAL WOMEN PARTICIPANTS: 

Hanka Kalná
Božena Kodýtková
Markéta Okroupcová
Věra Knetlová
Iva Fišerová
Kateřina Červená
Paní Vlčková
Jana Turková
Eva Huikari
Markéta Mrázová

Bahar Behbahani “Damask Rose” poses a provocative question: what stories and journeys lie concealed within a rose, with its vibrant color, intoxicating fragrance, and sharp thorns? As the national flower of the Czech Republic, the rose can be found in many families’ gardens and is a familiar motif found on Bohemian dinnerware, clothing, embroideries, furniture, etc., as well being a protagonist in local folklore, poetry and music. Omnipresent as it is in the region, this alluring flower is one that many different peoples from around the world identify as a signifier of their own unique botanical, historical, literary and culinary traditions. How do various cultures celebrate and make use of the rose? And how did the Damask rose make its journey from Syria to the Czech Republic centuries ago? Bahar has invited our eleven Civic Women to offer their rose poems, songs, memoires and decorated objects (e.g., teacups, scarves, embroideries, jewelry, etc) to serve as props that KINO visitors may select when the artist photographs them against a backdrop, culminating in a composite portrait of a rose-loving community. Visitors will explore how roses are embedded within daily life, and what other global cultures may teach us about the potential within this seductive flower. How can we tap into the rose’s essence as a source of pleasure and therapeutic healing?

Bahar Behbahani “Damask Rose” poses a provocative question: what stories and journeys lie concealed within a rose, with its vibrant color, intoxicating fragrance, and sharp thorns? As the national flower of the Czech Republic, the rose can be found in many families’ gardens and is a familiar motif found on Bohemian dinnerware, clothing, embroideries, furniture, etc., as well being a protagonist in local folklore, poetry and music. Omnipresent as it is in the region, this alluring flower is one that many different peoples from around the world identify as a signifier of their own unique botanical, historical, literary and culinary traditions. How do various cultures celebrate and make use of the rose? And how did the Damask rose make its journey from Syria to the Czech Republic centuries ago? Bahar has invited our eleven Civic Women to offer their rose poems, songs, memoires and decorated objects (e.g., teacups, scarves, embroideries, jewelry, etc) to serve as props that KINO visitors may select when the artist photographs them against a backdrop, culminating in a composite portrait of a rose-loving community. Visitors will explore how roses are embedded within daily life, and what other global cultures may teach us about the potential within this seductive flower. How can we tap into the rose’s essence as a source of pleasure and therapeutic healing?

Bahar Behbahani “Damask Rose” poses a provocative question: what stories and journeys lie concealed within a rose, with its vibrant color, intoxicating fragrance, and sharp thorns? As the national flower of the Czech Republic, the rose can be found in many families’ gardens and is a familiar motif found on Bohemian dinnerware, clothing, embroideries, furniture, etc., as well being a protagonist in local folklore, poetry and music. Omnipresent as it is in the region, this alluring flower is one that many different peoples from around the world identify as a signifier of their own unique botanical, historical, literary and culinary traditions. How do various cultures celebrate and make use of the rose? And how did the Damask rose make its journey from Syria to the Czech Republic centuries ago? Bahar has invited our eleven Civic Women to offer their rose poems, songs, memoires and decorated objects (e.g., teacups, scarves, embroideries, jewelry, etc) to serve as props that KINO visitors may select when the artist photographs them against a backdrop, culminating in a composite portrait of a rose-loving community. Visitors will explore how roses are embedded within daily life, and what other global cultures may teach us about the potential within this seductive flower. How can we tap into the rose’s essence as a source of pleasure and therapeutic healing?

Exhibitions.

September 26. - 28. 8. 2020 at ArtBarn Gallery, virtual and limited in-person event with participating artists.

2021: On-site performance by Martin Zet, virtual exhibition and tour of ArtMill's permaculture gardens.

Publications.

Publication Art, Farming, and Food for the Future, Transforming Agriculture by Barbara L. Benish and Nathalie Blanc. 

Publication You Are Here, guides to community living and permaculture by Gabriela BK and the ArtFarm Research Collective.

Festivals.

2020: In the midst of Covid, we reoriented to the digital space and hosted an online film festival focused around agriculture and art.

2021: Alongside the Apocalypse music festival, Seeds^7 offered local seed exchange from ArtMill's heirloom seed bank,

bottom of page