Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Professor from the Royal Institute of Art receives funding from the Swedish Research Council

RIA Professor Petra Bauer has been granted funding for the research project Looking for Jeanne, a project that explores how women’s role and work can be represented in films in today’s global society. These are high-level issues with movements like #metoo and female migrants’ resistance to a global exploitation of their labor.

In autumn 2017 the #metoo movement spread through societies, women demanded that society should take women’s negative experiences and exploitation seriously. The events can be compared to the 1970s when artists made films and artwork to visualize, question and change the role and position of women in society. For example, Chantal Akerman made the film Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Brussels (1975) which was very important for a feminist debate about women’s work, role and resistance in society. The film Jeanne Dielman also revealed the need for a film that was based on feminist theory and practice.

Petra Bauer’s research project Looking for Jeanne (2019-2021) is rooted and reflects on the film Jeanne Dielman and asks the questions: Who is a contemporary Jeanne Dielman? How can the film, through its aesthetics, investigate, question and change unequal conditions and exploitative arrangements regarding women’s work and role in today’s global society? The research project, in close collaboration with feminist organizations and networks, will produce 3 films about contemporary forms of feminized work today: sex work, maternity and home work. The 3-year project follows the theme of the film Jeanne Dielman, and an annual symposium is organized about social reproduction in our contemporary society, based on theoretical and artistic perspectives in collaboration with reference groups.

The Swedish Research Council: The Swedish Research Council supports Swedish research by 6 billion a year. As Sweden’s largest state owned research fund, they allocate support for top quality research, of which 26 million are allocated to artistic research.