No more bad girls?


Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria
May 7 – June 25, 2010
Curators: Kathrin Becker and Claudia Marion Stemberger


Arahmaiani (Indonesia), Patty Chang (USA), Nezaket Ekici (Turkey/Germany), Judith Fegerl (Austria), Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Chitra Ganesh (USA/India), Mathilde ter Heijne (Netherlands/Germany), Maryam Jafri (Pakistan/USA/Denmark), Agnes Janich (Poland), Nadia Khawaja (Pakistan), Elena Kovylina (Russia), Nomusa Makhubu (South Africa), Elodie Pong (Switzerland), Larissa Sansour (Palestine/Denmark/United Kingdom), Ene-Liis Semper (Estonia), Andrea Sunder-Plassmann (Germany), Newsha Tavakolian (Iran).

Installation view. © Michael Michlmayr 2010

Curatorial Statement

The exhibition No more bad girls? opens up perspectives on contemporary women's art praxis. These female artists no longer exclusively reflect on gender binarisms, but rather at the same time also reveal multiple identity categories such as life situations of migrants, social status, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or ethnic origin.

With a critical awareness of a hegemonic, white, canonic feminism, the exhibition uncovers alternative cartographies of a deconstruction of culturally-informed stereotypes of femininity which refer to heterogeneous and complex spatial contexts as "locational affinities".

As Marsha Meskimmon puts it, critical cartographies "are maps of affinity rather than influence, and they recognize the possibility of multiple networks of relations between 'feminisms', art, and ideas across a global geopolitical sphere."


The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, edited by Claudia Marion Stemberger and Kathrin Becker: 84 pages, contextual essays (English and German), numerous colour images. ISBN 978-3-200-01861-7.

Installation view. © Andrea Sunder-Plassmann 2010

Framework Programme

May 08, 2010, 2:00pm: Panel discussion with Edith Futscher

Installation view. © Michael Michlmayr 2010


Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture; Wien Kultur. Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien; Royal Netherlands Embassy in Vienna; The Danish Arts Council´s International Visual Arts Committee; Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; Kultur Kontakt Austria; Austrian Embassy Pretoria; Polish Institute Vienna.

Installation view. © Andrea Sunder-Plassmann 2010

Special thanks to

transculture. translating for art, Vienna; Aaran Gallery Tehran; FREYMOND-GUTH & Co. Fine Arts, Zurich; Parotta Contemporary Art Stuttgart, Berlin; Fotogalerie Wien; REMAprint, Vienna; Uniqa art insurance, Vienna; Förderprogramm Kuratorenreisen (Kathrin Becker), Goethe Institute, Munich; Viennafair VIP Programme, Vienna; VISP Ges.m.b.H, Grafenwörth.

Installation view. © Andrea Sunder-Plassmann 2010


Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Opening Hours: Tue–Fri: 1:00pm–6:00pm, Sat: 11:00am–2:00pm

Claudia Marion Stemberger and Kathrin Becker, May 6 2010. © Joanna Pianka 2010.

Claudia Marion Stemberger, Kathrin Becker, and Elena Kovylina. May 6 2010. © Joanna Pianka 2010.


© — Claudia Marion Stemberger 2020