‘A Day in Her Life’ Screening and Ultra Feminist Dinner Party

Rotterdam, April 11 РLast week, we screened and discussed A Day in Her Life at Roodkapje’s Ultra Feminist set of artist talks, booty-shaking, feisty discussions and inspiring screenings. Read more about the event here. More photos on Facebook!

VOW Media presents ULTRA-MET: meet the artist Martina Muzi

Rotterdam – On April 15th Roodkapje will host a special edition of MET, at which we, Voices of Women Media, will present the work of the italian artist Martina Muzi.

Martina Muzi graduated in 2013 from the Designacademy Eindhoven with her master thesis in Social Design. At MET she will present The Feminine Space In-between, a work that includes a manifesto, videos, photographs and illustrations.

Here is a brief abstract from THE FEMININE SPACE IN-BETWEEN, Martina Muzi’s Master Thesis:
This thesis is a feminine manifesto, through the analysis of generations of women, being daughters and mothers of knowledge, which have their role in the gender emancipation. It describes the rite of passage between the former house and the future house, wherein the social role of the woman changes radically. That is what I call the space in-between: between places, time and social roles. Where, women are in the middle of a transition, daughters of tradition, and future mothers of knowledge. Where, women are in the middle of places, daughters of a place and beginning of a transformation, a transition from being a daughter and being an active woman, who functions in society reproducing her womb. It represents the space where my design takes shape. Woman’s transition through places she inhabits, asks for tools. Tools that represent: continuity from the former house, adaption to the new place and embodiment of transition. Tools that permit to reproduce the home-space, place for action, and evolve its meanings. This project gives voice to women of my generation looking for their role in society, migrating.

We will lead a conversation throughout the evening, presenting the artist’s work as well as giving room to the audiene’s questions and remarks.

Of course we will not only feed your cultural appetite: the ULTRA Dinner Table will be provided with snacks and tea for your basic needs.

FREE ENTRANCE // MET starts at 20:00
(Magnetronbar open to chill starting from 17:00)

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WE ARE THE (ULTRA) WORLD
Ultra Feminism is part of We Are The World ‚Äď a series of six exhibitions in which we explore visions on a better future society through art.

HASTA FEMINISTA!
For more information about the ULTRA Feminism program and participating artists please check www.roodkapje.org or our facebook page

Ultra Feminist Dinner Party with Voices of Women Media / I-Per Mess Age

Rotterdam - VOW Media is joining Roodkapje’s Ultra Feminist set of artist talks, booty-shaking, feisty discussions and inspiring screenings. On Friday, 11th of April, we will screen A day in Her Life. In 2010 and 2012, VOW Media worked with cis and trans women connected to the sex industry in Amsterdam. The participants created a body of work which includes self-portraits in photography, a radio show about leaving home for a better life, and a series of short videos. The videos ‚Äď directed, shot, and edited by the participants themselves, reflect their hopes, dreams and struggles as they navigate through life.

This evening we will gather at our ULTRA Dinner Table to watch VOW Media’s own footage, have an affordable dinner and join the discussion afterwards: your voice will be heard as well!

The evening will end with I-PER MESS AGE, a performance created by Samantha Thole and Mette Sterre. This performative lecture will represent a follow up of the piece iObject vs iSubject presented in the ULTRA Feminism publication.

If you would like to join and have dinner, please sign up by sending an e-mail to aimee@roodkapje.org. Of course it’s also possible to join us without having dinner, in that case you don’t have to sign up. Check out the Facebook event.
Address: Teilingerstraat 128, 3032 AW Rotterdam, Netherlands

Doors open: 18:30
Start screening+food: 19:00
Performance I-Per Mess Age: 21:00

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WE ARE THE (ULTRA) WORLD
Ultra Feminism is part of We Are The World ‚Äď a series of six exhibitions in which we explore visions on a better future society through art.

HASTA FEMINISTA!
For more information about the ULTRA Feminism program and participating artists please check Roodkapje’s website or¬†their Facebook page.

New Apna Haq Screening in Kathmandu!

‘Displaced’ at the Dutch Association for Journalists

Amsterdam, March 18 – We held a private screening and discussion of ‘Displaced’ at Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ). The project was very well-received and we were given a lot of valuable tips and suggestions for further publicity of the project. Thank you for having us!

‘Displaced’ Photo Exhibition at the Women’s Festival

Amsterdam – Join us on 8th of March for a photography exhibition of our latest project, ‘Displaced’ Youth Exchange.

We have worked with an amazing group of young migrant women, coming from all over the world. We have shared experiences, built solidarity, and worked on telling a little piece of our stories through photography and video. On the 8th of March, we will display the photos taken by our participants. The expo will be part of the International Women’s Day Festival organized by Casa Migrante, het Wereldhuis and other organizations.

We are celebrating International Women’s Day together with a festival of dance, poems, photography and round tables about gender and migration, health rights of the undocumented, entrepreneur women and domestic violence.

Location: Zolder van Limmikhof, Nieuwe Keizersgracht 1A, Amsterdam

Date: 8th of March 2014, 15.00-21.00

Hope you will be able to join us! Feel free to spread the word. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

The ‘Spanish’ team, the youth exchange and their experience

Os presentamos la¬†experiencia¬†de un grupo de J√≥venes mije√Īos ¬†(Tamara,¬†Bexy, Ana, Mar√≠a, Teresa y Eva)¬†que han participado en un¬†INTERCAMBIO del programa Juventud en Acci√≥n en¬†HOLANDA.

‘Displaced’ Youth Exchange ‚Äď se trata de un proyecto sobre inmigraci√≥n y fotograf√≠a, cuyo objetivo es la integraci√≥n de mujeres de primera y segunda generaci√≥n de inmigrantes. El proyecto proporciona herramientas, tanto humanas como tecnol√≥gicas, para que de manera colectiva todas las participantes aprendan a transmitir su propia historia.

El caso particular de cada una de las participantes mije√Īas era diferente pero la combinaci√≥n de todas ellas, fue muy poderosa ya que proporcion√≥ visiones distintas [...]

Para algunas todo comenz√≥ en diciembre, ya que dos chicas ten√≠an que viajar a √Āmsterdam un mes antes del proyecto para terminar de planificar el programa junto a la organizaci√≥n anfitriona, de manera que se ech√≥ a suerte quien iba la primera vez, Tamara fue la primera en viajar junto a su l√≠der Eva. Durante esos d√≠as ellas pudieron comprobar las instalaciones del hostal, dar su visto bueno a todas las actividades que se estaban preparando y por supuesto, transmitir inquietudes de las compa√Īeras que aguardaban en Mijas.

Cuando Eva y Tamara volvieron a casa, se reunieron con las dem√°s participantes en el √°rea de la juventud para ultimar los detalles del viaje, y explicar con lujos de detalles el programa.

Al terminar la reuni√≥n casi se pod√≠a palpar las ansias de las cuatro mije√Īas que empezaban a imaginar lo que se ven√≠a, un viaje de ensue√Īo.

El gran d√≠a lleg√≥ y all√≠ est√°bamos todas en el aeropuerto listas para embarcar. Llegamos a¬†√Āmsterdam y ya nos esperaba en el aeropuerto un miembro de la asociaci√≥n Voices of Women Media. Un c√°lido recibimiento nos anunciaba los mimos y la atenci√≥n que nos iban a proporcionar cada uno de los voluntarios y miembros de la asociaci√≥n ¬°Nos hicieron sentir como en casa!

El primer día conocimos a todas las participantes (De Rumanía, Grecia y Holanda) fue sorprendente descubrir que casi todas comprendían nuestro idioma, incluso algunas lo hablaban. Algunas de nosotras, con más dificultades con el inglés, tenemos que admitir que no ha sido para nada una pega, ya que siempre se busca la forma de comunicarse con los demás, aunque sea hablando nuestro famoso Spanglish.

Despu√©s de los tempranos desayunos, empez√°bamos la jornada con un Ice breaker¬†(rompehielos) para entrar en calor entre nosotras y perder la timidez‚Ķ Una gran forma de¬†empezar las ma√Īanas entre risas y buenas vibraciones.

Comenzaron las primeras lecciones de xenofobia, inmigración y descubrimos que hay una gran diferencia entre entender el significado de la palabra y aprender cómo combatir contra el problema.

Cada día era diferente, con lluvia o sin ella, con el día nublado o soleado habían preparado tantísimas actividades para nosotras que no teníamos hueco para echar de menos, visitas por la ciudad, a museos, charlas, también tiempo libre para ir a comprar regalitos o para ir a sacar fotos.

Los almuerzos eran al más puro estilo Holandés, bocadillos hechos por nosotras, ensaladas y frutas. Por la noche cenábamos en diferentes lugares, lugares llenos de magia donde la cooperación era el pan de cada día. Nos sentíamos libres de ayudar con labores tan simples como lavar los platos que nosotras mismas habíamos utilizado, eran como una segunda casa. Solíamos ir a lugares donde el dinero recaudado se destinaba a refugiados, gente sin hogar, y muchas otras causas sociales. Allí teníamos mucho tiempo para conocernos mejor entre todas las participantes ya que nos mezclábamos y pasábamos muy buenos momentos.

Una de las cosas m√°s divertidas sin duda fueron nuestros paseos en bicicleta por √Āmsterdam, las bicis eran nuestro principal medio de transporte. Hasta que las 20 ni√Īas le cogimos el truquillo fue un estruendo de risas c√≥mplices y asustadizas al vernos circular entre tant√≠simas bicis por las hermosas calles de √Āmsterdam.

Si hay algo de lo que no podemos presumir es de delgadas (se escuchan risas en el grupo¬†espa√Īol) y confiesan entre ellas ‚Äúhemos comido a todas hora, y la verdad es que cuesta acostumbrarnos otra vez al ritmo espa√Īol‚ÄĚ En Amsterdam desayun√°bamos a las nueve de la ma√Īana, a las once ten√≠amos nuestro primer coffee break (un descanso para tomar un t√© con galletas), a las doce el almuerzo, a las dos otro coffee break, a las cuatro otro, a las seis y media siete la cena cada d√≠a en un lugar diferente. En fin‚Ķ mientras escribimos este art√≠culos la nostalgia nos entra.. ayyy queridos coffee breaks, como os echamos de menos.

Empezaron las primeras clases de fotografía que fueron muy interesantes, para algunas era la primera vez que sacaban fotos desde un punto de vista más técnico. También hemos tenido clases de edición de vídeos ya que teníamos que aprender a utilizar estas herramientas para contar nuestra propia historia.

Divididas en grupos mixtos, cada espa√Īola junto con su nuevo equipo grab√≥ y edit√≥ un v√≠deo sobre diversos temas: Inmigraci√≥n, discriminaci√≥n, prejuicios, etc. Todo este material que fuimos construyendo gracias a la ayuda de los voluntarios de VOW Media, pudimos presentarlo en una exposici√≥n de fotos que llevamos a cabo el √ļltimo d√≠a de nuestra estancia en √Āmsterdam donde pudimos disfrutar y empaparnos de historias preciosa llenas de emociones a trav√©s de im√°genes y videos.

Para acabar con nuestro proyecto terminamos la noche en un karaoke, fue genial ver un grupo tan grande de chicas de distintos países bailando y cantando La macarena. La despedida no fue fácil, pero eso es bueno, eso refleja lo bien que la hemos pasado y significa que nos llevamos en el corazón a gente hermosa y una experiencia inolvidable.

Gracias ‚ÄúVoices of Women Media‚ÄĚ y gracias al ‚Äú√Ārea de Juventud de Mijas‚ÄĚ por permitirnos formar parte de este hermoso proyecto.

Desde M√°laga partieron cinco desconocidas pero volvieron cinco grandes amigas.

¬ŅQue si recomendamos participar en un proyecto? ¬°Por supuesto!

Tamara, Ana, Bexy, Maria Teresa y Eva

This article was written for Asociaci√≥n Juvenil Intercambia’s website.

‘Displaced’ Youth Exchange: A participant’s experience

So‚Ķthe plane took off on 7th January and a real lifetime experience had just begun! Six girls from Romania, another five from Spain and six from Greece would meet in the beautiful city of Amsterdam the rest Dutch team, ready to do their best in order to make this youth exchange unforgettable! ‚ÄúIcebreaker‚ÄĚ games, especially planned to help us know each other better, ‚Äúchats‚ÄĚ about our migration experiences, our hopes, expectations and challenges towards the project and of course‚Ķ culture exchange activities introducing us to each country‚Äôs civilization. We spent ten days learning new things every single day.

We learned the basic techniques of photography and video-shooting and we were proud to discover our own hidden creativity, expressed through many beautiful pictures we took. We practiced our team-working skills to shoot and edit into only 2 days short videos describing our own stories and thoughts. Some of us learned and some of us remembered how to ride a bike, since this was the mean of transport used to everywhere and surprisingly…none of us got seriously injured! We learned how to be patient and tolerant and even if a 25 girls’ coexistence couldn’t possibly be easy, we actually did it very well and we managed to build some good friendships between us.

But what really impressed and in the same time inspired us was the VOW Media organization‚Äôs hospitality. Their love about their work, their passion and their will to make this project work was incredible and amazing and many of us were motivated to ‚Äúcopy‚ÄĚ them after going back home. Words are not enough‚Ķ just try it and you‚Äôll see! Thank you for everything and I‚Äôll really miss you all! (‚ĶI‚Äôll even miss you‚Ķbike!!!!)

Katerina Kotzathanasi

This article was written for Orfeas Organisation’s February 2014 e-magazine.

‘A Day in Her Life’ Screening at Inqueersections

Utrecht, Feb 14 - Voices of Women Media held a screening of the films from 2010 and 2012 ‘A Day in Her Life‘ projects at Inqueersections, a three day festival dedicated to exploring the possibilities and boundaries of queer and feminist activism across different contexts. We also took part in other workshops throughout the day, all centering around issues of intersectional oppression, migration, sex work and surveying our bodies. In the evening, we took part in a panel discussion about how to build solidarity and alliances in activist struggles. Thank you, Inqueersections, for a great day and for the opportunity to present some of VOW Media’s projects. A special Thank you to Roseanna, for representing VOW Media and to Whitney Stark, for providing us with such great photos of the event!

‘Displaced’ Screening at Zsa Zsa Zine

Amsterdam, Feb 8 – Voices of Women Media held a screening of the films from our latest project, ‘Displaced’, at Zsa Zsa Zine, a feminist zine and comic archive centre in Amsterdam.

We talked about our experiences of the project, and the ways in which personalizing women’s individual experiences can have a long-lasting effect on women’s rights worldwide. Thank you Zsa Zsa Zine for having us!

VOW Media Booklets + DVDs available

VOW Media Booklets & DVDs available

* Apna Haq 2013
* Breaking The Spell 2013
* With Love From Taiwan! 2012
* A Day In Her Life 2012
* Displaced Daughters 2011
* A Day In Her Life 2010

Please submit an inquiry to:
info [at] voicesofwomenmedia [dot] org