BABYGIRL MOVEMENT ART SPACE
The Babygirl Movement was founded in 2017 by Tündè Walgraef and stands for radical self love by and for women embracing and celebrating femininity, female qualities and creativity.
AN EXHIBITION SPACE
In March 2018, Tündè Walgraef, a young curator opened an independent art space in Maastricht (Batterijstraat 7) where she curates exhibitions, performances, workshops and events. The art space aims at creating a playground for emerging female artists to experiment, express themselves, collaborate and connect with the audience through immersive and participatory experiences (material and affective). Emerging female artists from various disciplines are encouraged to present their individual work as well as collaborate on inter-disciplinary production.
Dance, music performances and lectures are often hosted at external location such as the auditorium of The Student Hotel or the Belvedère in Maastricht.
The Babygirl Movement is not only home to exhibitions. Since its creation, it has developed an artistic community that encourages reflection, creation, discussion and multi-disciplinary productions. Collaboration with external partners such as feminist groups, art initiatives and professionals often occurs to contribute to the educational programme of the Movement.
Throughout its artistic and educational programme, The Babygirl Movement is dedicated to explores themes such as the status of women in our contemporary society, female creativity, motherhood, gender equality, body positivity, women in the arts, etc. The intimate atmosphere of the space and the various projects formats contribute to raise awareness and open the dialogue.
COMBAT CULTURAL DRAIN
In the last couple of years, Maastricht has been suffering from a cultural drain due to its lack of exhibition spaces and opportunities for the cultural sector. Artist studios are very limited and commercial galleries rarely support emerging local artists. Maastricht while being a cultural city thanks to its art academies, art institutions such as Van Eyck, Marres and Bureau Europa but also museums and festivals, fails to host an open platform where emerging artists could receive guidance and exposure. At the Babygirl Movement artists receive support to develop and present their artistic projects, enlarge their network and extend their career by securing further opportunities with other art initiatives in the region.
Statistics demonstrate that the fight for gender equality in the art world is far from over. Discrimination invades every aspects of the art world, from gallery representation, auction-price, press coverage to inclusion in permanent collections, solo exhibitions programmes and publications.
The Babygirl Movement is dedicated to give opportunities to emerging female artists and feminist artists who include activism in their practice. Their exhibition becomes a starting point to develop further activities where the audience can interact with the artist or a guest expert on the specific subject. In that sense, The Babygirl Movement offers a safe space for dialogues, actively contributes to artistic and societal debate and becomes a critical agent of the artistic scene.
CO PRODUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE
The Babygirl Movement is interested in the social and political role of art institutions. It is devoted to challenge the authoritative attitude and dominant narratives found in the current art scene. The curatorial practice of the Babygirl Movement focuses on the redistribution of power within its art institution (curatorial redistribution) and the development of inclusive narratives.
In order to adopt an inclusive and socially conscious position, The Babygirl Movement often includes participative practices such as co-creation in its curatorial process. For certain projects, the audience is invited to co-create exhibitions, create tangible outcomes with demonstrable and relevant benefits for everyone involved. This partnership allows shared decision making, responsibility and ownership. By working directly with participants via open calls or involving external organisations, the Babygirl Movement has become an unique actor of Maastricht’s cultural scene.
Emerging female artists from various disciplines are encouraged to present their individual work as well as collaborate on inter-disciplinary production.