Women in the Forest
Artistic interventions in digital and natural space
By Justyna Koeke and Mimosa Pale
Women in the Forest was produced in a collaboration between Mimosa Pale and Justyna Koeke in the forests of Finland, as well as in the Black Forest in Germany. For the participative performance project, the two artists made blind dates on Tinder, then met them in the forest, where together they created visual worlds of (female) pleasure, bodies, and nature.
60 pages, ger./engl.
€ 20 + 3,70 delivery (or pick up at the studio of Justyna Koeke, Kunstverein Wagenhalle Stuttgart)
Bodyleaks Festival, online between 24.4. — 08.5.2021
(The show can be seen in person later this year at zeitraumexit, Mannheim.)
Exhibition »Rönsy« in Linna, Hämeenlinna, Finnland between 1.7. — 31.8.2021
Mimosa Pale studied art in Birmingham (UK), Helsinki, and Paris. Her practice of art is a synthesis of sculpture and performance art. She works in changing contexts in public spaces or with her musical saws, as well as in different collaborations. The Finnish artist splits her time between Horb am Neckar and Berlin, where she spent many years operating a hat shop, Atelier Himo, which featured her own designs. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Antonie-Leins Künstler*innenhaus in Horb am Neckar.
Justyna Koeke, born in Krakow, Poland, is a sculptor and performance artist who mainly works in public spaces. Participation and intervention are nearly always the core elements of her works; wearable sculptural costumes are also a consistent component of her performances, which she develops in cooperation with activists, musicians, or theaters. Koeke is a lecturer at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. www.justynakoeke.com
Birgit Gebhard studied art history and literature. As co-head of THE REAL OFFICE, a production office for visual and performing arts headquartered in Stuttgart and Salzburg, she works as a producer, curator, author, and project coordinator. www.realofficers.net
Laura Laabs is a director and author working in the fields of film, theater, and audio drama; she splits her time between Berlin and Bad Kleinen. Laabs is a co-founder of the feminist collective r.O.K.S., which creates filmed reinterpretations of the German literary canon from the viewpoint of its minor female characters.
Mithu Sanyal was born in Dusseldorf and is a cultural scientist, author, journalist, and critic. Her non-fiction books include Vulva. Das unsichtbare Geschlecht (2009) and Vergewaltigung. Aspekte eines Verbrechens (2016). Her first novel, Identitti, will be published in 2021 by Hanser. www.sanyal.de
Levin Stadler studied communications design at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. He has been performing internationally as a solo musician under the name Levin goes lightly since 2014 and in a band with Paul Schwarz and Thomas Zehnle since 2017. He is also a freelance communications designer. www.levinstadler.de
Women in the Forest
A project by: Justyna Koeke, Mimosa Pale
Texts: Laura Laabs, Mithu M.Sanyal
Editing: Birgit Gebhard
Design: Levin Stadler
Image processing: Florian Model
English translations: Allison Moseley
Photographie: Justyna Koeke und Mimosa Pale mit allen weiteren Mitwirkenden sowie Daniela Wolf (5,19,33,34,35)
Many thanks to all contributors and other supporters:
Jens Dierberger, Helmut Dietz, Teresa Grebchenko, Anu Miettinen, Eeva-Liisa Puhakka, Jenni Roth, Petri Ruikka, Peter Schaller, Trixi Szabo, Ilona Valkonen, Daniela Wolf
Our special thanks goes to all 17 Tinder dates who dared to embark on an artistic adventure in the forest with us!
Supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland
In cooperation with zeitraumexit e.V.,
BodyLeaks – Festival for Female Empowerment & Interconnection and The Real Office