In Italy, as in other countries, the ambition of achieving true equal opportunity via the deconstruction of gender stereotypes remains an unfulfilled ambition. What’s more, in the pandemic period the rather slight progress made in the field of gender equality risks being swept away just at the time when women’s experience and leadership is needed more than ever to anchor resilience and enact social recovery.
The winds of change are being felt and in the contemporary arts this new energy is also coming from the Windmill Art Power Plant, founded by Laura Facchini in the summer of 2020. The Association’s aims are to help women artists over the hurdles of constraint and prejudice in order to launch their careers; to place the complexity of women’s experience at the center of cultural discussion; to create a lasting network to jumpstart the participation of women artists (not just the Italians) in all fields of culture and the arts. Artworks by women must be seen, their voices heard.