Creating spaces for female voices in the art world
The First Supper Symposium (FSS) is a collaborative feminist art project, founded by artists and curators Gidsken Braadlie and Lisa Pacini in Oslo in 2012. FSS connect with different people for the different projects. For the publication Expanding the realms of the possibilities, artist Camilla Dahl and art historian Nina Schjønsby are collaborating.
FSS started up in 2012 in order to celebrate the one hundred year anniversary for women's right to vote in Norway in 2013, organizing a symposium over three days in Oslo. The main theme for the event was gender equality: Where do female artists stand in the art world 100 years after the introduction of women's suffrage? To what extent are women underrepresented compared to men in public and private collections, art history and the commercial market? Why don't female philanthropists collect art made by women to the same degree as art made by men?
The main purpose for the symposium is to make room for female artists in the art world. The parole is: Equal space, equal rights.
Our first symposium invited the feminist icon and world renowned artist Judy Chicago, noted art historian Andrew Perchuk; Deputy Director at the Getty Institute and Dr. Elizabeth Sackler, founder of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, a nexus for feminist art, theory and activism, to Oslo to talk about gender issues in art.