Exhibition Perceptions: Women tailored to society? is opening on 28 September at the Gallery of Matica Srpska in Novi Sad, followed by a panel discussion a day later, on Saturday, 29 September.
Women tailored to society? celebrates work by both Serbian and British women artists. The exhibition shows work from the British Council Collection by contemporary British artists such as Sarah Lucas, Tracy Emin and Rachel Whiteread with 19th and 20th century Serbian artists from the Gallery of Matica Srpska’s collection such as Katarina Ivanović, Nadežda Petrović and Ljubica Cuca Sokić. By doing this, the exhibition creates a dialogue that questions the (re)presentations of women and their role in society both in the past and today.
For the duration of the exhibition, a rich programme is planned beginning with a panel discussion on Saturday, 29 September. Participants of the "Are our collections reflecting our societies?" panel will be:
- Dr Lara Perry, prominent British art historian, professor at the University of Brighton, who was particularly focused on work involving the history of the National Portrait Gallery in London
- Dr Alexandra Kokoli, Senior Lecturer at the University of Middlesex in London, specialised in gender art and psychoanalysis
- Emma Dexter, Director Visual Arts Programme British Council
- Dr Ana Bogdanović, professor at the Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy
- Dr Sanja Kojić Mladenov, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina
- Jelena Ognjanović, curator at the Gallery of Matica Srpska.
The panel will deal with topics such as "forgotten" female artists, gender equality in 21st-century art, and museum collection policies.