In the installation itself, four video projections show one team on each wall of a white cube. The four videos play alternately. In these projections four alternating groups of U.S. American cheerleaders will be seen, cheering in a stereotypical way. But here, they are not as usually cheering for a sports team, but instead for the names of female artists, writers, actresses, musicians, women’s rights activists and politicians from the era of 1850 to 1950 – in other words, for the pioneers of gender equality. Each time one name has been cheered, the video will be slowed down and another team starts to cheer for another name. This will be coordinated by a computer software, so that the piece will strike the viewer as an enthusiastic “battle” of cheerleaders who compete in cheering for women’s rights activists and artists.
This piece is an homage to the women of the last two centuries, who – inspite of the social opposition and misogynist views of their time - fought for their artistic and political visions.
Accompanying the installation, a brochure is published, in which the short biographies of the 42 women honored in the piece can be found. It will also contain articles by Dr. Christiane Keim, Katharina Koch and Anne Kohl, Alpha Nova Cultural Workshop and Gallery Futura, Berlin
- A.I.R. GALLERY, Brooklyn, New York
- The Consulate General of Switzerland, Cultural Affairs, New York
- GEDOK – German National Women’s Artist Association, Bremen
- Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Bremen
- Public Film Fund, Bremen