MAV15 FORUM: WOMEN IN VISUAL ARTS
Given the unstable and unequal status of women in the international scene, the association Women in the Visual Arts (MAV) has decided to conduct an innovative initiative to talk about the prejudices they face women in the art world.
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Mayo 21, 2015

"Less than 5% of the artists of any Modern Art section are women, but 85% of the nudes are female nudes", as denounced in 1989 the collective Guerrilla Girls. In the two centuries of history of the Prado Museum never a woman has held the position of leadership. In the last ARCO international fair less than 5% of the exhibited art works were made for female Spanish artists.

 

Imagen de las Guerrilla Girls

Given the unstable and unequal status of women in the international scene, the association Women in the Visual Arts (MAV) has decided to conduct an innovative initiative to talk about the prejudices they face women in the art world. This initiative will be held on a biennial basis. It is the FORUM MAV, a forum of reflection to analyze the unequal status of women in the Spanish art scene with a full program of panel discussions and various activities to be held on May 23 in Ca la Dona, Barcelona, and in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid from 28 to 31 May.

Among the proposals promoted by the MAV Forum 2015 (FM15) include: Open Studios, organized visits to the studios of the artists members of MAV; the Best Practices Book for Equality and Visibility of Women in the Visual Arts, as an open call for proposals for recipes and illustrations for the publication of a collective book; and the convening of pieces of audiovisual format to respond to the question What feminism? These proposals will be screened on the day of delivery of the MAV Awards.
 
The first stage of MAV Forum 2015 will be on May 23 in Barcelona. in the space of Ca la Dona (C / Ripoll, 25), with the collaboration of Valentina Montero (historian and art critic) and Susana Guardiola (director, screenwriter and film producer), among others. From 28 to May 31, 2015 MAV Forum will move to Madrid. On Thursday 28 will start with a visit to the workshops of the artists through Open Studios, along with lectures and discussions throughout the day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
 
During those days, representatives of various national and international associations as well as artists, researchers, reviews and cultural managers will meet to analyze the obstacles, challenges and demands of a democratic culture in equality. The events will be accompanied by tours around the city in key feminist. On Saturday the series of meetings with a conference Amelia Valcarcel, State Councilor and Vice President of the Royal Board of the Prado Museum will be closed. Finally, on Sunday at 12h will be the delivery of MAV Awards 2014 at the Cineteca Matadero.
 
 
MAV, Association of Women in Contemporary Visual Arts, is a group of professionals in the field of visual arts in Spain: artists, critics, collectors, curators, designers, teachers, directors of public institutions, managers, editors, researchers, gallery specialized journalists, lawyers, etc ...
 
MAV develops its own initiatives to the visibility of women in the visual arts as the magazine M-art and visual culture, specializing in art criticism from the perspective of gender, Miradas de Mujer Festival, which since 2012 promotes exhibitions and various activities ; MAV Forum, from 2015 biennially hosts debates and meetings for reflection; MAV Awards, held since 2010; Arts Education workshops for Equality MAVeducaLAB; and the publication of reports and publications.
 
MAV was launched on May 9, 2009 at a meeting held in La Casa Encendida, Madrid. It currently has over 400 members spread throughout the Spanish territory .

 

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