Pray for the salvation of women from the imposed guilt
The latest multimedia exhibition by the Rijeka based artist Milijana Babić – Hail Mary, Full of Grace – deals with the subject of the negative influence of the Catholic church on the women’s rights in Croatia. It is based on the artistic actions in public space during 2016, as well as on the research of the Catholic media content in the period between 2015 and 2016.
Exhibition opened on Friday, November 18th, and it will stay on view until December 2nd, 2016. The admission is free.
The exhibition presents the video-documentation of the artistic action “7 Days for a Woman” – emerged as a reaction on the international catholic campaign “40 Days for Life” – which took place shortly before International Women’s Day in 2016, in collaboration with SOS Rijeka – center for nonviolence and human rights and the citizens of Rijeka. It began in front of the Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Rijeka University Hospital, continued in front of the government institutions and St Vitus Cathedral, and ended in front the local government building in Rijeka on the International Women’s Day. Apart from the action itself, here mentioned part of the exhibition also contains comments about 7 Days for a Woman, which the artist took from social networks and web sites, or wrote down on the locations where the action was performed.
The second part of the exhibition, presented under the title Wise Thoughts, consists of approximately fifty ‘wise’ statements gathered in the ‘booklet of wisdom’. The ‘wise thoughts’ are taken from the Catholic print media published in Croatia in the period of 2015 and 2016, and they are all documented in this booklet of wisdom, whose copies will be given out to exhibition visitors.
Video report from the exhibition opening by Moja Rijeka
From the introduction by Suzana Marjanić: