2021 - 2022
Katerina Kouzmitcheva

Women artists play a vital role in our community and yet their stories are frequently unheard of, lost or dismissed. According to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in New York 51% of visual artists are women. When it comes to exhibitions and gallery representation, the numbers tell a far less optimistic story. Over the past decade just 11%   of all acquisitions at prominent American museums were of work by women artists. Historically speaking artistic creativity has been considered a masculine attribute.

For centuries women  were denied studying, taking part  in exhibitions, going outside for inspiration. Nowadays  females are not tied to domestic  life  and have  plenty of opportunities to choose from. Nevertheless, they still experience a huge under-presentation in the art sphere.

Being a female visual artist myself , I wonder not only about the position of a woman in today’s  art world, but also about how to become an artist. What are the dreams, troubles, feelings, thoughts on the way to creative expression?  The  intimate  experience  and  daily  life of female artists are the key to my visual investigation. I’ve asked women - artists, photographers - to send me one picture made by them, which illustrates their experience or feelings of establishment as a female artist.

The visual collective experience along with women’s stories is presented on this website. 

The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the problem and to support all the female artists.

To navigate through this work begin by clicking on a particular view in the sequence of photographs above.

Credits to:
Aga Paulina Mlynczak, Poland/UK
Alexandra Chirkova, Russia
Alexandra Svirelina, Belarus
Alyson Aliano, USA
Aimilia Balaska, South Africa/Greece
Anna Grevenitis, USA
Anuja Dasgupta, India
Bérangère Fromont, France
Carol Sharp, UK
Catherine Lewis, UK
Chiara Wettmann, Germany
Edith Heidmann, Australia/Berlin
Ekaterina Yanova, Russia
Francesca Cirilli, Italy
Glorija Lizde, Croatia
Hannah Goldstein, Germany 
Julia Stanish, Russia/USA
Julie Pinington Wright, UK
Julia Stanish, Russia/USA
Kate Ignashevich, Belarus
Katya Alagich, Russia
Keeley Bentley, UK
Kristen Joy Emack, USA
Krystyna Dul, Poland/Luxembourg
Kumiko Matsushima, Japan
Leticia Zica, Brazil/France
Maria Dedyulya, Belarus
Margarita Novikova, Belarus


Marijke Appelman, The Netherlands
Marina Tokareva, Russia
Michaela Nagyidaiova, Slovakia/UK
Michelle Chan, Hong Kong
Nadia Huggins, Trinidad/Grenadines
Nika Druzhnaya, Russia
Nicoleta Puiu , Moldova/Czech Republic
Noam Friedman, Israil/UK
Nompumelelo Ncube, based in UK
Olga Lipnitskaya, Belarus
Philippine Aubertin, France/Switzerland
Sandrine Lehagre, France
Shweta Malhotra , India
Sonya Razumovskaya, Russia
Stephanie Boyer, Costa RicaSvetlana Tarasova, Russia
Susana Gonzalez Revilla, Panama
Tamara Arranz, Spain
Tania Rubiños, Mexico
Tijen Erol, Cyprus
Tyler Bishop Harris, UK
Valérie Catalá Pilato, Spain
Valerie Schmidt, Germany
Vladyslava Olkhovska, Switzerland 
Yulia Michailovskaya, Belarus
Zainab Najeeb, Pakistan