“Penelopolis” is artistic project that is to be realized by 2 organizations, from Podgorica and Istanbul. It is based on the idea that women’s cultural and artistic praxis have special ability for deconstructing patriarchal stereotypes on “unfriendly otherness” and affirming cultural diversity.
After preparatory activities, 6 women-artists (3 from Istanbul and 3 from Podgorica) and 2 Coordinators (one by town) will meet in Podgorica, where they will go through creative and intercultural process in ten days. Their main goal is to create “Women’s Cultural Map of Podgorica” at the end of their staying in Podgorica, i.e. to mark the sites of minorities and marginal cultures identities influence which are not recognized on the official city’s cultural map. Artists will do it symbolically and artistically. In one day, they will make their artistic interventions (installations, performances) on 12 previously chosen locations throughout the town, to make them visible. Performance will be attended by audience prepared for the cultural event. Whole process will be film-documented and, also, the catalogue will be made. Finally, the project presentations in both towns are planned, and in other Mediterranean towns to encourage the artists therein for mapping their towns in similar way.
The aim of the project “Penelopolis” is the recognition and promotion of cultural diversity as the essence of cultural and political prosperity of Mediterranean towns and peaceful coexistence of people living therein.
- Educate and sensitize Podgorica’s citizens to accept approach for various minority cultural identities existence is their town’s cultural identity base and the citizens’ cultural and political benefit
- Educate and sensitize Mediterranean town’s citizens to accept approach for various minority cultural identities existence is their town’s cultural identity base and the citizens’ cultural and political benefit.
- Promote the idea on women-artists’ special role in affirming cultural diversity and changing perception of cultural otherness (“unfriendly otherness”).
- Encourage women-artists from Podgorica and Istanbul, from other Mediterranean towns too, for similar cultural initiatives affirming cultural diversity as a special Mediterranean towns’ value.