International Women's Day inspired video art in Dubai
In March 2005, two artists, Véronique Sapin and CM Judge came up with the idea of FemLink, an ‘international video-collage’ that would connect and build a giant electronic tapestry of expression between women video artists around the world. Six years later, there have been 133 participating artists submitting hundreds of short films from countries around the world and FemLink arrives in Dubai at the American University of Dubai’s campus between March 13–18.
The project was inspired by International Women’s Day, marked annually on March 8 and presents a dizzying variety of work from participants worldwide, each responding to broad themes set by FemLink.
Working on the principle of ‘one artist / one country / one video / one topic’ each participating nation is represented by a woman who creates a short film of two minutes referring to a common theme, which is then programmed as part of the international ‘video-collage’. Previous themes have revolved around concepts including ‘resistance’, ‘fragility’, ‘preoccupation’ and ‘male’. These are augmented in Dubai by a new set of themes, ‘wonder’, ‘aggression’, ‘vital’ and ‘protest’. The Dubai programme features over 60 new FemLink participants, from around the globe, each of whom add depth, experience and personal history to the already richly textured fabric of this intriguing and unique on-going global project.