Women’s Circles is a cycle in which, inspired by the attitudes of artists featured at the exhibition States of Focus, we raise current and important problems in a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere. During the Women’s Circle, each woman is an expert – it is enough to be ready to listen to other women and share your own experiences. The formula of the cycle refers to informal meetings of women based on the exchange of experiences, mutual inspiration and support, which are organised by women all over the world.

The starting point for the next discussion in the series will be provided by Elżbieta Jabłońska’s work Supermother. In her 2002 cycle, the artist photographed herself with her son Antek against the background of home interiors. In the arranged scenes, she assumes the role of children’s heroes: Batman and Superman. By posing in the costumes of superheroes, the artist combines the convention of sacred depictions of piety with pop culture. On the one hand, Jabłońska emphasises the masculine imagery of heroism, but on the other hand, she affirms motherhood by exposing the significance of values such as caring, tenderness and love.

During the last meeting in the Women’s Circle, following the trail laid by Elżbieta Jabłońska, we will look at our everyday life as a material of art. We will pay attention to the invisible work that we do every day and we will reflect on the contemporary version of the Polish Mother myth. In which roles do we feel at ease? Which are truly ours, and which result from various social pressures? Do activities commonly considered as women’s duty, such as cooking, cleaning, looking after children and infirm family members, can be regarded as work deserving remuneration? Or maybe, just like Elżbieta Jabłońska, we like cyclicality and the apparent boredom of everyday activities? We invite you to join our reflection and exchange experiences during the last Women’s Circle accompanying the exhibition States of Focus.