History and mythology form an adhesive that make our “whole self” work and a foothold for our dignity and self-respect. A woman’s story, however, rather too often remains invisible for those not in the loop. Martha Bohachevska-Khomiiak’s metaphor, in which she compares a woman’s story to traditional embroidery with white thread on a white background, quite sadly, rings a bell. That is why the projects aiming to add colour to the unknown and invisible emerge – to make those pages visible.
Beading the Womantory is the project that aims just at that. Mariia Shcherbina – the initiator and author set a goal to reveal and display to the whole world the faces of women scientists, painters, human rights defenders and writers, those, who made a contribution to art, science and literature, having yet remained little-known or of no notice.
Heroines’ faces will be placed on a canvass in a spiral shaped like an ancient ammonite mollusk with their achievements beaded in-between by hand. Modern women artists will craft in colour to the past, also beading it into modernity.
All individual elements will be assembled to form a unified canvass and the joint efforts will turn into an exhibit to be passed on to the first and only in Ukraine Museum of Women’s History and History of Women’s and Gender Movement. 20 participants from different countries of the world joined the initiative to make the beaded panel picture a reality. Below is the list of participants with their selected muses:
Maria Shcherbyna (Kharkiv) – Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid
Patty McCourt (London, UK) – Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
Nadiya Drumashko (Kharkiv) – Karen Horney;
The Team of Centre for Gender Education of Lutsk Teachers College – Lesia Ukrainka, Olena Pchilka and Nypatia of Alexandria
Huib Petersen (USA) is making his decision
Olha Miliutina (Kharkiv) – Enheduanna
Veronika Zaviialova (Minsk, Belarus) – Svitlana Aleksiievych
Cath Thomas (Switzerland) – Marie Curie
Aleksandra Tildas (Kharkiv) – Tilda Swinton
Anna Diekhtiariova (Krasnodar, Russia) – Hedy Lamarr
Viktoriia Zaitseva (Kyiv) – Duchess Helga
Iryna Ryzhkova-Herasymova (Kharkiv) –Sofia Kovalevskaya
Anna Tsarkova (Kharkiv) – Tabitha Babbitt
Yevheniia Bielyaieva (Kharkiv) – Astrid Lindgren
Albina Polyanska (Kharkiv) – Coco Chanel
Olena Novikova (Kyiv) – Ada Lovelace
Saori Abe-Schröder (Dortmund, Germany) – Hesther
Olha Vaniukova (Lutsk) – Jeanne D’arche and Indira Gandhi
Elina Ivanova (Donetsk–Irpin) – Kateryna Bilokur
Kseniуa Popova (Kharkiv) – Valentyna Tereshkova
Rita Person–Vellemans – Mother Theresa
The presentation of the project took place in the Centre for Gender Culture on 23 March 2017 during the Women’s Story Month.
The initiative is open for all those willing to participate.
Here is Project Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/maria.shcherbina.372/posts/1442295672480607