Women on Women

Women on Women presents the work of three artists from Central Victoria: Tashara
Roberts, Tenar Dwyer and Fiona Somerville, alongside urban artists: Ruth O’Leary,
Starlie Geikie and Lyndal Walker.
The exhibition itself is the result of a partnership between Central Goldfields Art Gallery and the Melbourne based not-for-profit organisation Satellite Projects that supports visual artists through an innovative program of exhibitions, networking and professional
development. The exhibition encourages exchange and collaboration between artists
and audiences and a series of artist talks will be held while the exhibition is on display.
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“When did “feminism” become a word that spoke not just to you, but spoke you, that
spoke of your existence or even spoke you into existence?” – Sara Ahmed, Feminist
Killjoys (And other willful subjects).
This is a good question to start with. It can be hard to know the meaning of feminism, to
feel its place in one’s own life without asking and answering these questions. Being part
of today’s feminist politics, where the once apparent certainties of earlier feminist waves
have fragmented, giving way to a moment in which feminism now exists in a perpetual
identity crisis. But living a feminist life does not have to mean adopting a set of ideals or
norms of conduct. Nor does it have to involve passing judgements or legislating values
to which feminisms are good or bad.
We want to be forceful, passionate and politicised without sliding into prescriptions of
what everyone else should or must do in order to be considered feminist. Rather than
succumbing to prescriptive notions or relying on empty rhetoric, Women on Women is
about making feminism a life question, a question of what does it mean to hold on to
feminism, to fight under its name; to feel in its ups and downs, in its coming and goings,
your ups and downs, your comings and goings? To make feminism a life question is to
allow feminism to continuously evolve, making a world that tries to diminish us ever more
questionable as we strive towards a more equitable, supportive and sustainable future.
Presented in collaboration between Satellite Projects and Central Goldfields Art Gallery,
Women on Women is a thought-provoking group exhibition delving into the complexities
of the ever-evolving cultural landscape of feminism. Showcasing works by Fiona
Somerville, Lyndal Walker, Ruth O’Leary, Starlie Geikie, Tenar Dwyer, and Tashara
Roberts, the exhibition spans diverse mediums, including painting, photography,
printmaking, and textiles. These varied mediums converge to explore the complexity
and ambivalence of contemporary feminism, addressing recurring themes of difference,
ambiguity, refusal, hope, and inclusivity.
The exhibition aims to evoke both loud acts of refusal and rebellion and the quieter ways
in which individuals invent their own everyday methods of challenging gender norms.
Women on Women moves beyond singular definitions of womanhood and feminism,
enriching our comprehension of feminist collectivity. By highlighting a broad range of
perspectives, the exhibition celebrates the diversity of women’s experiences, stimulating
new discussions that underscore the ongoing relevance and necessity of feminism today

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