HEROINES is a non-profit, non-governmental platform founded in 2019 by a collective of self made women from different countries and artistic backgrounds. Each year, artists and cultural managers create a radical innovate project that aims to create about female intimacy in places where the topic is still taboo. We strive to engage in collaborative, multidisciplinary practices in order to open a discussion, stimulate future imaginaries, and overcome societal issues related to female intimacy.
HEROINES creates every year a nomadic exhibition called The Enclosed Garden which journeys into the female psyche. This project creates an experience for the audience as much as a a deep healing process for the participants.
HEROINES proposes a residency program for female artists who bridge disciplines in their practices: visual artists, musicians and singers, poets, writers, film makers, painters, sculptors, graphic designers, map makers, performers of all kinds are invited to enrich the collective field of knowledge. Through mutual learning and exchange, we will enter a psychological journey into the female psyche, and interrogate together the social and ontological resonances of intimacy in contemporary society.
During the residency retreat, we operate as a circle that breaks down discipline boundaries and focuses on sharing. To create art, we must let go of our preconceived notions about artistic work, and accept that we will both learn by doing and do it together (DIT). This methodology is inspired from the Bauhaus school’s concept of interdisciplinary creation, and aims to empower intuitive cognition and emotional connexion. Through listening, artists coming from different cultures initiate a powerful new artistic movement with common values to defend. HEROINES nourishes a form of empowerment: the ability to give oneself the power to do something, the ability to give oneself love, the ability to be fully embodied.
The HEROINES residency program provides a supporting environment for every year in the selected target country (2019: Georgia 2020: Thailand). The residency covers travel expenses, accommodation and perdiems. We provide a workspace and an exhibition space, as well a professional support for reflection, research, production, and experimentation.
Throughout the research retreat, the artists carefully work their way toward creating a collective artwork of unprecedented form: an exhibition, a performance, a happening. A safe space that artists have invested and lived in, and that opens for the public at night. In small intimate groups, visitors are given access to this temporary home where they can walk, see, smell, touch, and hear this collective creation.