WEMEN . 2018 . FRANCE
Gender equality has a universally recognized benefit for people. However, our visual references (media, advertisements, movies, etc.), are still full of sexist stereotypes and vividly illustrate the depth of stereotypes permeating our contemporary civilization. Yet everyone have much to gain equality of all people, genders and sexes.
About the workshop
Our workshop in Brivezac, France, April 30 – May 14 2018, invited youth workers and artists to lend their support to involve youth for gender equality. We had chosen to address this topic through the use of creative digital tools because images are a powerful tool for reflection and call to action, and digital media has the widest impact reach. We intended to bring everyone’s messages for gender equity and equality through comics that we also put in a joint comic book.
WeMen brought together 24 people of youth workers, visual artists, gender activists and theoreticians from different parts of Europe: France, Poland, Bulgaria, Portugal, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and Turkey. Look our adventure in photos here!
What activities we did to explore gender challenges and address them via comics! Thanks to our facilitators Isabel Couchoud and Karolina Ufa. With additional workshops introduced by Danny Moore and Kristina Hristova.
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The artivists about “WeMen”
“an amazing time journey of self and collective discovery, acknowledging the knowledge and bridging cultures, full of super interesting people”
“I think the team did an amazing job with this workshop, and I feel I need to congratulate you for this. You could see you were always careful and thoughtful of the wellbeing of participants and you managed the limbo between pleasing participants and going with the plan. I will take specific knowledge about comics, but specially I will take inspiration to create and step out of comfort zone and I will take confidence.”
-Joana Maria Neves
“Fantastic workshops, learnt an enormous amount and it really has given me lots of ideas for workshops in the future. I felt I learnt a lot about myself too.”
“I was never tried making comics before, am thankful to Isabel and the whole team. and never been in that kind of space; our days and nights full of art and activism. At first I was a little bit scared how to deal with all these new informations but then I easily adapted. I’ll use those techniques and perspectives for my future projects”
-Mehmet Selcuk Bilge
“I learnt to enjoy the process and not be so focused on the final product which is something really big for me. I learnt new art techniques and was reminded of how to do things I haven’t done since childhood. The workshop provoked me to be more creative, more inventive and to just enjoy myself.”
“I participate in many education activities and for sure I’m going to implement the whole knowledge from the training. I hope that we will publish, even digitally, our artworks and we could spread the info by social media, etc. I will also add informations about it in my portfolio. Also I want to inform artists, activists, etc. about “Nomadways” which is a beautiful idea of connecting people and building amazing space.”
“It has been a long while since I have worked with teams as my job at the university usually requires working on your own. WeMen as a whole process had a huge impact on my team working skills as well as how to control my temper :) I have also learnt that we are dealing with the same problems regardless of the countries and/or cultures we are from. This was an eye opening yet saddening experience. But that proved to me that there are more work to do and more ways to cover.”
-Adil Serhan Sahin
About the location
Brivezac is a village located in the Corrèze department in the Limousin region. It is on the right bank of the river Dordogne. It has a community of 175 inhabitants. The church of Saint-Pierre, in the heart of the village, has one of the oldest Roman portals in Limousin. The interior of the village is a patchwork of old houses made with stones from the ruins of old buildings and pebbles of the Dordogne. The bridge over the Dordogne that crosses Brivezac offers a beautiful point of view between cliffs and fields that border the stream.
All the participants lived and worked in our newly renovated old Barn in Brivezac. We call it “Homade” – a place for artistic exchange and co-creation; a place for nomads, artists, educators and social actors to play, learn, create and share. A place for you and for us, a place to shape our world together! See photos of our building adventures and how our last workshop “Subjective Mapping” looked like in there.