1990-2020 | 30 Years Goldrausch Female Artist Project | Sirene – Goldrausch 2020 | Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien

Due to the Lockdown Light, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien is currently closed. Nevertheless we would like to inform you about this exhibition, its important background and the accompanying programme.

The exhibition Sirene – Goldrausch 2020, in cooperation with Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, shows the works of the current Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt scholarship holders from 7 November 2020 to 10 January 2021. The professionalisation programme celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

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Kristina Paustian, Positions, 2016, Filmstill, Photo: Kristina Paustian

The Anniversary
30 years of Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt: The renowned feminist project from Berlin presents its annual exhibition; with works by 15 international women artists – resident in Berlin and with roots on almost all continents. The show at Kunstraum Kreuzberg combines video films, installations, painting, sound objects, performances and sculptures.

The many-voiced works negotiate personal and socio-political issues as well as history and utopia, myths and magic, individuality and groups. They document animated things and feelings, the effects of the Anthropocene on climate, geography and people, life under digital surveillance – and ask how all this manifests itself in the environment and bodies.

The title “Siren” is reminiscent of the device that emits an acoustic warning tone and generates attention for important information that is equally relevant to everyone. The Goldrausch siren demands: polyphony and the overcoming of exclusion mechanisms in the art field.

Eva Pedroza, Welten der Welten, 2017, Installation view, Photo: Eva Pedroza

The Status Quo
The Goldrausch Women Artists Project is a professionalisation programme. The one-year course programme provides background knowledge, comprehensive professional expertise and opens up networks. The goal of Goldrausch is still equal rights, but this is far from being achieved. This year, the German Cultural Council criticised the fact that the gender pay gap in 2019 was 28 percent in the visual arts profession, unchanged since the last survey in 2016. The higher the income, the higher the pay gap – for women artists, a lower market presence also means fewer sales at lower prices.

The phenomenon of unequal pay starts early in the career: a study of female graduates* from the Hamburg University of Fine Arts shows that female artists are very active, participate in competitions more often than their male colleagues, win them and also negotiate a fee and budget more often. However, the average exhibition fee of 1,000 € for men is twice as high as for women.

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Mona Hermann und Sarah Drath, Trilogie der Einsamkeit I: Pluto Theodorosta, 2019, Video Installation, Photo: Andy King

How it all began
Women were admitted to study at art colleges in Germany from 1919. A first step. 70 years later, in 1989, the Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt started a pioneering course in West Berlin with twelve women. With the title Ohne Kompromiss – Strategien professioneller Selbstbehauptung (Without Compromise – Strategies of Professional Self-Assertion), the project founders Anne Marie Freybourg and Ute Birk reacted to the obvious gap between the artistic visibility of women and men. The eponymous Goldrausch Frauennetzwerk (Goldrausch Women’s Network), the programme’s supporting association, has been working for professional equality and economic independence for women since 1982. 

The principle of helping women to help themselves has proved to be a central theme of the project’s everyday work; collegial advice from a reliable peer group that provides valuable feedback to the women artists.

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Key Visual, Sirene – Goldrausch 2020, Graphics: Rimini Berlin

In 30 Gold Rush years, 447 female artists have participated in the programme, the youngest were born after the start of the project in 1989, some participants experienced an alumna as a professor or artistic role model. “Ex-Goldies”, as they call themselves, are present everywhere in the art field and are well networked through their shared experience. Since the programme began 30 years ago, women artists have been much more present in the art world in 2020.

Project director Hannah Kruse sums up: “Many things have changed for the better. What remains to be done is to finally overcome deep-seated structural inequality – with the tools of the professionalisation project, but also with political measures that make equality possible”. The Goldrausch women therefore demand: support for the compatibility of artistic work and family, anonymised awarding procedures for grants and prizes, the quotation of acquisition budgets and project budgets and the addition of works by women artists to collections.

Kruse is optimistic “that in 30 years the work will be done, the Goldrausch Women Artists Project will have made itself superfluous and we will see the whole picture.

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Emily Hunt, Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence, 2015, 420 x 420 cm, Photo: Brenton McGeachie

Anniversary programme
On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt will take a look at the works of former participants as well as the history and present of the project from October to December 2020. A selection of texts and images will be regularly published on the Goldrausch website. In addition, on the weekend of 5 and 6 December, a demonstration of works by former project participants on the theme of collaboration, cohesion and self-organisation will be shown: All Goldrausch Alumnae have been invited to participate via an open call; the final video, performance and sound works will be selected by a jury (Yalda Afsah, Kira Dell, Olaf Stüber) and shown in Studio 1 (Kunstquartier Bethanien) parallel to the exhibition of the current course. For the two days, the screening will be made available simultaneously on the project website.

The female artists 2020
Yasmin Bassir, Chan Sook Choi, Solweig de Barry, Manja Ebert, Caterina Gobbi, Rosanna Graf, Mona Hermann, Emily Hunt, Sidsel Ladegaard, Gosia Lehmann, Julia Lübbecke, Silvia Noronha, Kristina Paustian, Eva Pedroza, Juliane Tübke

Curators: Surya Gied, Hannah Kruse.

WHERE? Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg

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