The Ideal (Post)Socialist Woman?
Gender and Sex Stereotypes in Eastern Europe Through the Lens of Female Artists

Yevgenia Belorusets, Katja Fedulova, and Katarzyna Kalwat
Literature | In English and German

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With artistic works by and interviews with Yevgenia Belorusets, Katja Fedulova, and Katarzyna Kalwat

Socialist societies have long been considered the birthplace of equality in that they relied on the integration of women into the workforce. The tireless fighter, the working woman, the wise life companion, the devoted mother, and of course the unapproachable beauty: all of these normative roles are being challenged and broken down in Eastern Europe today. However, the role most commonly and openly cultivated for women today is that of the keeper of the family home and the happy mistress. A renaissance of domesticity is evident, as is the strengthening of state and church control over the female body in some countries through the implementation of increasingly restrictive abortion laws. To what extent was the equality proclaimed in communist regimes an actual lived reality? How have these roles shifted today? We asked Ukrainian author Yevgenia Belorusets, Russian filmmaker Katja Fedulova, and Polish theater director Katarzyna Kalwat to join the gender and art historian Constance Krüger on a personal search for evidence and to explore how this theme is reflected in their artistic work in a digital essay.

Concept: Constance Krüger
Production / Editing: Mandy Seidler

In cooperation with the Grenzgänger-Festival //open : closed borders// at the Literary Colloquium Berlin, supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation.