AboutThis March, to celebrate Women's History Month, Green Lens Studios London, in collaboration with project curators Jonida Gashi and Roger Orwell, are staging an exhibition by a group of international female artists based in the capital. In this exhibition, the transnational and multiethnic nature of women's history will be explored through differing media, including: painting, sculpture, sound, animation, architecture, literature, and mark-making.
The works that will be included in this exhibition, somewhat controversially perhaps, do not explicitly address the theme of women's history. Indeed, they do not even appear to address issues relating to femininity or womanhood in what might be said to be an obvious way. Far from being an accident, this has been the intention of the curators of this project from the earliest stages of its conceptualisation. Indeed, the ultimate aim of this project has been to challenge, or at the very least to engage in a critical way, with the very premise of this exhibition, namely, the notion that there is such a thing as women's History. Thus, the fact that all of the participating artists have displayed a keen interest in key components of History - including language, writing, narrative and place - throughout their practice has played a determining role in the decision-making process of the curators to include their work in this exhibition. At the same time, however, the radically different backgrounds of these artists from a number of perspectives, including ethnicity, religion, race, and even their training and education, speak of the existence of a multiplicity of journeys and histories. The question that remains to be answered is whether these wildly different histories converge in this exhibition or whether they merely cross paths and continue about their own ways. In this sense, this exhibition is not unlike the city of London itself, where, incidentally, all of the artists participating in the exhibition are based, or were based until very recently. This exhibition thus gives specificity to what it means to celebrate Women's History Month in London as opposed to somewhere else.
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Beirut born Lina Hakim holds a BA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut, an MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts, UK and an MRes in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London Consortium. In an attempt to reconcile her love for words and for things, her practice seems to always involve play with misused books, failed toys, reclaimed texts, or mechanical mementoes.
Bommsoon Lee is a South Korean artist. She has a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from Chung-Ang University, South Korea and an MA in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University, UK. Bommsoon has been selected for the Chung-Ang Fine Art Prize 2011 and the 2011 Artist in Residence program at the Incheon Art Platform. She won the Space Beam Artist Grant in 2011 and will have her second solo show, titled A show has nothing, at the Cake Gallery, Seoul in May, 2011.
Mina Salimi is an Iranian artist who is currently based in London. Amongst other qualifications, Mina has a BA in Painting from the Science and Culture University, Iran, and an MA in Interior and Spatial Design from Chelsea College of Art and Design, UK. She is the 2010 winner of the CASS Sculpture Prize and will have a solo show at the CASS Sculpture Foundation in April, 2011.
Macarena Yaà ±ez is a Chilean artist currently based in London. She has a BA in Fine Art from the University of Chile and an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, UK. She has participated in many street and urban art festivals and exhibitions in Chile and the UK as well as shows in Argentina, Belgium, France and Germany. She is an ARTAQ urban art award winner 2010.
Linshu Zhang is a Chinese artist working with narrative figuration. She has been creating since she was four years old, firstly practicing Chinese ink painting and following the traditions within a prestigious family of Chinese academics and writers. She holds a BA in Art Design from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts and an MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art, UK.