Imagine Berlin as a monstrous cooking pot, where you can mix a bunch of ingredients and never know what you will get in the end. When I first heard of FemBunt, a small self-organized group of (mostly) women, (mostly) of Bulgarian origin, I thought: “Oh, just another circle of bored girls. “
So, imagine my surprize, after briefly following what they are up to, when I found out how devoted and serous they are in following their goals of raising attention about violence against women und gender rights. So it came to the art exhibition „Taking Patriarchy ApART“, showing works by more than 30 WLTIQ* artists, almost all of whom have first-hand experiences with migration.
Rositsa Mahdi, one of the founding members of FemBunt and one of the main people behind the project, told me what BUNT is and what the goal of the exhibition was.
Bunt is a wordplay- it means ‘rebellion’ or ‘uprising’ in Bulgarian and ‘colourful’ in German. I believe this illustrates very clearly what we are all about- a diverse collective with a very varied mix of personal stories and experience, committed to collectively finding ways to challenge and deconstruct oppressive structures from an intersectional, feminist perspective.
This brings us to the second part of the question, which is, what exactly we wanted to achieve with the current feminist art exhibition. To mark the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is also our one year anniversary, we wanted to use yet another tool, in this context art, to give visibility to the struggles of migrant women* and queer people in Berlin and their forms of resistance. We wanted to challenge the stereotypical image of the migrant woman* as a faceless and homogenised ‘victim’ who stands in direct opposition to the strong and independent (non-migrant) feminist and expand the concept of violence beyond individual experiences in order to look at the larger structures. I feel that within the context of an exhibition, one could much better visualise how individual and collective struggles merge, how emotions circulate and reflect many people’s battles and how the larger structures which serve to control, discipline and punish, influence our lives.
Now, let us take a sneak peek at the show.