Patching Femininity – an exhibition by Olga Anacka
Thursday 1st February, 2024 - 09:30 - Saturday 23rd March, 2024 - 16:00Admission Free
In Patching Femininity, artist Olga Anacka explores and challenges visual representations of femininity and the female body in western culture.
Comprising a dozen embroidered tapestries, this body of work is very personal, with images derived from the artist’s memory and family archive, juxtaposed with symbolic representations of the feminine drawn from internet searches and commonplace stereotypes.
The artist examines the subject from the perspective of a mature, migrant woman who has experienced significant social change. In an honest conversation, she questions what is expected as feminine and attempts to define her personal position.
In developing this exhibition, the artist references Polish Critical Art of the 1990s, in particular the work of Alicja Żebrowska, Ela Jabłońska, Zbigniew Libera and Anna Baumgart. She is inspired by authors such as Catherine Blackledge and Annie Ernaux, as well as memoirs of Kazimiera Czerniec who was her great-great-aunt born circa 1890.
About the Artist
Olga Anacka is a migrant conceptual artist working in mixed media from her Newbridge studio. Born in 1977 in Poland, she graduated from University of the Arts in Poznan in 2004. A year later, she won a distinction in Olsztyn Art Biennial for the metal and clay installation, part of Sacred Landscapes series. Her Cocoons, fabric sculptures from ME<MATERNITY project, were shortlisted for Celeste Prize 2011 in Rome and 2012 in New York. Olga also received the ARTstap Open Submission Award in 2012 for the same body of work, and shortly after took a break in the art career until 2019. She partakes in Cill Rialaig project and is a member of Visual Artists Ireland as well as Kildare Art Collective. Most recently, she was awarded Tyrone Guthrie Residency 2023 from Kildare County Council.
Official opening: Thursday 1 February, 7pm. All welcome!
The exhibition will be opened by Dr. Anca Minescu.
Dr. Anca Minescu is an associate professor at the University of Limerick. She has come to Ireland in 2010 after studying and living in the Netherlands for 10 years. She is running a European Masters Program in the Psychology of Migration, Inclusion and Diversity. (Global MINDS). These are also the areas of her expertise, her research and her teaching. For the past 6 years, Anca got involved in supporting and working with displaced populations and running intercultural competence trainings with people working in the commmunity or public/private sector where cultural differences have to be bridged. Anca is fascinated by nature, growth and human interactions. The more diverse nature and society are, the more interesting and beautiful they are. This is why Anca is interested in activities and projects that bring out the best in people, and give us opportunities to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of life.
Friday 8 March, 7pm.
Patching Femininity Workshops
Thursday 22 February, 7pm
Saturday 16 March, 10:30am
Thursday 1 February – Saturday 23 March
Monday-Friday 9:30am-5pm | Saturday 10am-4pm