Exhibition ‘Feminine Humanities’
When: from 9 July Where: Ciutadella - Vila Olímpica station
‘Feminine Humanities’ represents the voices of great women of universal culture, which can be heard on a journey across the core areas of the humanities —humanistic knowledge, art, thought, literature and history—through the living word that illuminated some of the world’s greatest women.
The exhibition, which can be visited at the Ciutadella - Vila Olímpica metro station, is an initiative of the Faculty of Humanities at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. It is coordinated by Tamara Djermanovic and curated by Maria Àngels Cabré.
With this exhibition, the UPF aims to highlight the contribution of women to culture and knowledge.
With the collaboration of:
Equality Committee, Faculty of Humanities, UPF
Quotes by the women featured in the exhibition
Murasaki Shikibu (978?-1014?), Japanese writer: "No art or learning can be cultivated without enthusiasm".
Hildegarda de Bingen (1098-1179), German mystic: "And that is why the supreme feminine blessing exists"
Isabel de Villena (1430-1490), Valencian writer and religious devotee: "Of all the sorrows and anguish we have suffered during our painful pilgrimage, human language is incapable of explaining even the slightest part".
Aartemisa Gentileschi (1593-1654), Italian painter: "As long as I live, I will have control of my being".
Madame de Staël (1766-1817), Swiss writer and salonnière: "An injustice suffered by any citizen falls to everyone".
Lou Andreas Salomé(1861-1937), Russian writer and psychoanalyst: "The most magnificent and difficult thing to conquer on Earth is freedom, so I prefer to stay forever in the transition".
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), English writer: "There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind".
Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979), Argentine writer and publisher: "When you do not have the courage to live as you think, you end up thinking about how you live".
Marina Tsvetàieva (1892-1941), Russian poet: "God, don’t judge! You have never been a woman here on Earth".
Claude Cahun (1894-1954), French artist: "That one, unrecognisable me who ventures further toward the metamorphosis, progressing into the night".
Marguerite Yourcenar(1903-1987), French writer: "That mighty sculptor, time".
María Zambrano (1904-1991), Spanish philosopher: "Writing is defending the loneliness in which I live".
Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German philosopher: "No one has the right to obey".
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), Mexican painter: "Feet, what do I need you for if I have wings to fly?"
Mercè Rodoreda (1908-1983), Catalan writer: "To want to stifle the word is to want to stop life".
Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), Indian politician: "Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave".
Eileen Chang (1920-1995), Chinese writer: "Waiting for the rain is the fate of the umbrella".
Clarice Lispector (1920-1977), Brazilian writer: "I spent my life trying to correct the mistakes I made in my eagerness to get it right".
Agnes Varda (1928-2019), French filmmaker: "My quest is to find fun ways to reinvent the real thing".
Fatima Mernissi (1940-2015), Moroccan sociologist and writer: "Being excluded from power gives women an incredible freedom of thought, unfortunately accompanied by an unbearable fragility".
Cearia Evora (1941-2011), Cape Verdean singer: "Maybe I’m not very happy, but I’m not sad either. Joy and sadness are neighbours".
Angela Davis (1944), American activist and writer: "I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I'm changing the things I cannot accept".