The 2018 edition of ‘Dialogues’ presented collaborations between the following UK and international galleries, and was curated by Misal Adnan Yildiz .
The context and theme to the 2018 selection was as follows:
“The water is female; water is life and so we as women must stand with the water . . . We stand in prayer and in civil disobedience. We stand because we must protect our children and grandchildren.” (1) Standing Rock founder, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
Dialogues is a guest-curated section of Art Projects and is intended to encourage and foster relationships on a global scale. This year’s exhibition is curated by Misal Adnan Yildiz and consists of five pairs of UK-based and international galleries presenting selected works by women artists, with a high percentage of Non-European participants which includes indigenous practices from Maori, Kurdish, Asian, and African origins.
This presentation is devoted to the female psyche; an examination of the nature and knowledge of women – a concept realised by Yildiz, “a queer mind, raised by strong Anatolian women”.
Every year, Kunstkompass (Art Compass) releases an annual list ‘World’s Top 100 Artists’ based on the statistics of the frequency and prestige of exhibitions, publications, and press coverage, plus the median price of an artwork. The latest release from 2016 includes only 22 women as part of the 100 ‘great artists’. The 2016 results of the annual Art Price report states that the world art market profit is based on a balance of 41% European artists, 30% Chinese artists, 15% Americans artists and 15% other nationalities. What do these numbers tell us? We need to better understand how inequalities and opportunities are constructed in the art world.
As a response to the current dynamics of the art market, Dialogues 2018 presents only female and female identifying artists from a majority of non-European galleries.
This is not just a matter of positive discrimination. As an affirmative action, it is reverse discrimination.
Yes, the future is female.
Misal Adnan Yıldız
Curator of Dialogues 2018