Desconocida Unknown Ukjent included in the exhibition The Common Thread @ Regional Justice Court Munich Lenbachplatz 7 Munich
Exhibition Dates: November 5th until 30th, 2015 @ Regional Justice Court Munich Lenbachplatz 7 Munich
What is The Common Thread? The proverbial saying ‚common thread‘ relates to a theme or characteristic found in various stories or situations; thus becoming a metaphorical symbol for the exhibition concept. A woman’s choice of clothing is still entangled with stereotypes and the accusation that they are jointly responsible for the deliberate provocation of men and sexual assaults. The artists in the exhibition stress this omnipresent cliche by working with clothing/fabric as a material or conceptually. They refer to the DIY-culture and transform it into a „Do-it-together-movement“. As a result this becomes an activist network and collective display in the public space.
Curator/Organization: Dr. Alexandra Verena Mackel
Artists: Barbara Hartmann (Germany), Lise Bjørne Linnert (Norway), Stephanie Müller & Klaus Erich Dietl (Germany), Shari Pierce (US)
Desconocida Unknown Ukjent: It is two years since last time Desconocida was on display, but not showing the project doesn´t mean it is not expanding. Many workshops have been arranged these two years, among them students at Pestalozzi International Village Trust and students at University of Huddersfield, UK.
This weekend we arranged two workshops here in Munich. One of the participants worked at a Women´s shelter in Munich. Instead of embroidering Unknown she came with four names of girls and women being murdered here in Munich by their husband or father. Two, Lilly and Anna were murdered by their father 9 and 11 years old because he lost full custody. He killed himself afterwards. The women also shared that every day in Germany a woman is killed by her partner or previous partner.
In Juarez the situation for the women sadly remains the same or worse. From 2010 to 2014, 727 women disappeared from Ciudad Juárez. More information here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/02/did-mexican-cops-help-kill-the-girls-of-juarez.html
In 2016 I have worked on Desconocida Unknown Ukjent for 10 years, close to 7000 nametags have been embroidered (6000 of them installed on the wall in Munich), 4800 people have been involved in workshops arranged globally. I plan to bring the labels back to Ciudad Juàrez and Mexico city next year and in collaboration with activists and local organization use the embroidered labels in varied actions. In Mexico city and I want to show them to officials from the Government.
Attached are images from installation in progress and workshop in Munich. All photos by Barbara Hartmann.