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Making women to free subjects instead of limited objects in culture [en]
31 January 2004


Presentation of the speaker: Hanna Loefqvist, 26 years old. Working as producer for a feminist theatre and think tank called Lacrimosa. She’s a feminist and socialist, working for organize young women in their daily life, in order to strength them self towards the patriarchal order of society.

Lacrimosa is a theatre and a think tank built out of feministic perspective. Lacrimosa wants to create alternative to the male dominant world of art and theatre, through putting our own experiences and tales in center. Lacrimosa challenges the stereotype order of gender and the traditional form of theatre. The target is too create larger space and rights on stage for women – and most of all - make her independent from the male. Our ambition is to give form to “she” as a free subject, with own will and demands. We want women, who are visiting our theatre, to feel that this is about them – It is their lives who stands in center. SHE, as a free subject, playing the starring role.

Lacrimosa, besides the theatre and think tank, has a construction of a firm – a feministic firm. We are acting in a small loyal group of 6 women. In this free-zone we are setting the agenda. We are cooperating with many people, women and men, but the headlines and the main decisions are made/taken by us. We are making our daily-life into politics. We are convinced that it’s necessary to infiltrate your own daily round in different ways to be able to change the order of gender, where male beats female on every stage of the society.

We are dealing with issues like; how to be a woman in a patriarch, always being regarded as half a human – as an object, what our society doing to the identity, the creativity and self-esteem of women. We are trying to make ourselves - and other women – to subjects instead of objects. We advocate feministic organizing as a tool for changing and as a strategy for surviving the patriarchal daily life – too keep our integrity intact. The think tank of Lacrimosa, is playing an important role in this work, towards the patriarchal society. We’re are convinced it’s necessary to write, think and act as a collective. It takes collective actions to change structural oppression of women.

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In short: Give place to women in general; in all kinds of forum - in school, in workplace, in spear time, in politics and so forth. To be able to do this, men in general have to understand that they must give up place. Otherwise we’re never ever will be able to reach a society of equality.

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