EcoFeminist Festival Open Call

This year Femiskop decided to organize its first festival called the EcoFeminist Festival. The idea of the project emerged from the interest in ecofeminism, the research about the impacts of water shortages on gender equality in Azerbaijan, and a necessity to reflect on the environmental problems in this locality through not only within academic research but through alternative methods. 

The EcoFeminist festival is an online hybrid residency aimed at people who would like to reflect on the issues of gender, ecology, and technology. The open call for participation is for everyone who is engaged or is willing to start engaging in art in the broadest definition of this word. 

At the online festival, participants will have conversations and create at the intersection of ecology, gender, and technology. In a world where people often find themselves lacking agency, creating art pieces and fictions that might inspire change is vital. 

Ecofeminism as a movement emerged as a realization of the connection between the struggle for gender equality and the struggle for preserving the environment. Since its emergence, our lives have changed drastically, adding the technological element to our environment, which is often left unseen.

Anyone willing to participate in the project, having any ideas or even just a desire to explore the questions of the environment, technology, gender equality, is welcome. We see art as an act rather than a permanent profession one occupies. Participants will be expected to create a piece of writing, video or audio work, or a series of photographs in the end. 

The participants will be required to be present at the conference, in frames of which speakers will introduce and discuss the subjects at the beginning of the festival, have two (preliminary and final) sessions with their mentors to develop and make corrections to their work. The final step will present the works on the Femiskop platform and the online closing conference reflecting on the works created and the questions explored in the process. The festival will include film screenings and discussions around the central questions that the participants will reflect on. 

Please fill this form to be considered for participation by June 12. The preference will be given to artists from Azerbaijan, however, we also have some spots for artists from Central Asia, Russia, and Iran. 

If any questions occur please contact editor.femiskop@gmail.com

This festival is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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