It's the Arts

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It's the Arts

- Okapi, did you read the post about women in art? Zebra wants to know.

Okapi nods. - Yes, I found it frighteningly topical. The art world wouldn't function without women, neither in the off-scene like, say, poetry slams nor in festival strongholds like Salzburg.

- Why Salzburg? asks Zebra.

- There is a very nice exhibition on display there for another 10 days: "100 Female Voices"! says Okapi. - Here's an exhibition review:

In the glistening white baroque interior of Salzburg's Kollegienkirche, enriched here and there with gold, artist Martina Stock is showing her highly inspiring exhibition "100 Female Voices." With the 100 portraits of influential international female artists from 100 years of festival history, she creates a clear and self-evident presence of women in the sphere of artistic power. The walk-in audiovisual installation consists of 100 free-standing serigraphs. On the one hand, it thus positions the female art protagonists individually and powerfully by means of portraits. On the other hand, Martina Stock expands the spectrum of experience through her own harp compositions, adding an atmospheric acoustic dimension to the visual level. The church, historically not exactly famous as a stage for women, provides a restrained and at the same time appropriately glamorous setting for this. With her portraits, the artist unites figures from different creative fields. Those who are in the limelight: Singers, actresses, conductors and instrumentalists with those who created the works performed: composers, writers and those who set the stage and make the performance possible: technicians, costume and set designers. Thus, through its mode of presentation, it acknowledges different dimensions of visibility: it is precisely the daring exposure of the stage that is interwoven with the surrounding web. And many an experiment, avant-garde tone poem or abstract linguistic work is designed in silence or technically looped before spotlights and loudspeakers reach it. In this sense, the exhibition can be understood as an open work of art in its own right. It positions the cultural power of women in a way that cannot be overlooked or overheard. And it shows how many aspects have to work together to make performances happen at all.

- Sounds like a recommendation, says Zebra.

- Until September 12th! says Okapi.