Esther Schelfhout, Boys bring brooms to the yard !
master beeldende kunsten - autonome vormgeving
In 1918, a group of women went sweeping the streets of Flanders, as a symbolic action that followed the statement: “If we want to change something in the position of women in the world, we need to do something now.” They offered us a clean slate.
Now, 100 years later, I find that this clean slate has not been used enough.
As a homage, as an urgency, as research, I went to places where women experienced sexism and patronization and we (a group of 35 different women) cleaned them.
Literally with our brooms, symbolically with the message of our performance and experientially through the thoughts and discussions our action provokes in us and in the public.
Pictures by Elli Vassalou