Debriefing: Exposition Gang of Witches 2018 Venus’ Revolution

It was a wild ride this year.

Venus’ Revolution, the symbol for woman and the feminist movement, the planet, the goddess. So many strong feelings around this subject.

This year I just had one painting, plus the small installation of banners with angry little messages. I was chuckling to myself as I finished them. It is so typical of me that even when the words are furious, the image is all pink and pretty.

Here’s the artist’s statement about the painting:

Bougainville discovered Polynesia when he arrived in Tahiti in 1768. Returning home enchanted by this island paradise, populated by topless tattooed women who could freely choose their sexual partners, offering themselves to the foreign sailors, whom they beleived to be gods.

With their readymade garden of Eden myth and the disobedient Eve, the returning explorers started a campain to convince the authorities of the need to convert this «savage» population to Christianity, cover their nudity and destroy their pagan idols. We know their real purpose was to exploit the natural ressources and create a port of call. They used shame as a psychological domination technique, as it is still used in our capitalist, narcissistic societies today.

This work, Retribution Ritual, is a feminist revenge fantasy of the oppressed; a Wahinis’ revolution, where they have realized early on that their innocence and generosity have been abused, which leads them to return the violence they have suffered and become the perpetrators, offering the heads of their enemies to the Tiki idol, symbolically dismantling patriarchy.

A closeup:

Some of the banners:

Some information about the event:

 

⭐️GANG OF WITCHES ⭐️
Espace Léon Cœur
3, rue Portefoin 3eme Paris

Release of our 2018 Book: Venus 220 Pages limited edition 300 copies

 

Exposition « Venus’ révolution »

ARTISTS:
• Paola Hivelin – Visions – Peinture & sculpture • Melanie Torok – Wake Up – Photos • Sunny Buick – Retribution Ritual – Installation • Ciou – Éléments – Paintings • Sandrine Elberg – Yuki-Onna – Photos •Mina Mond – HAX – Painting •Lorenzo – Without Anything, But This – Photos •Frédéric Betsch – à l’ombre des containers – Photos •Vivien Bertin – Iceland – Photos •Julie Atlas Muz –Venus – Performance •Émilie Jouvet – My Body My Rules – Film •Aymeric Bergadat du Cadet – Icône – Photo

 

⭐️PROGRAM for 24, May, 2018⭐️
GOW We Are Gang of Witches – Music performance

Mikka Lommi –We are gang of Witches – Video Clip

Tattoo booth with flash created for the event

Julie Atlas Muz –Venus – Performance

 

Most photos by Yohann Cordell

Photo by www.instagram.com/@vOrace_cina.bela

Photo by www.instagram.com/@vOrace_cina.bela

Photo by www.instagram.com/@vOrace_cina.bela

Photo by www.instagram.com/@vOrace_cina.bela

Beaux Arts Magzine came to film the event!! We are so happy with the results, thanks Beaux Arts!

I recently painted a book cover for a local artist, it’s called Chansons Cachées. The author came by and did this interview with me.

Thank you so much to the team who put this together and all my friends who made it out for the party. See you next year!

Pour les francophones: Un texte sur mon tableau

Bougainville a découvert la Polynésie en arrivant à Tahiti en 1768. Il est rentré chez lui enchanté par cette île paradisiaque, peuplée de femmes tatouées aux seins nus qui, libres de choisir leurs partenaires sexuels, s’offrirent aux marins, qu’elle prirent pour des dieux. Aveuglés par le mythe du jardin d’Éden et son Ève désobéissante, à leur retour, les explorateurs commencèrent une campagne visant à convaincre les autorités de la nécessite de convertir cette population de « sauvages » au christianisme, de couvrir leur nudité et de brûler leurs idoles païennes. Il va sans dire que leur but était d’exploiter les ressources naturelles et de soumettre la population. Ils utilisèrent la honte de soi comme technique de domination, comme continuent de le faire nos sociétés capitalistes et perverses aujourd’hui. Ce travail, Retribution Ritual, est un fantasme féministe de revanche des opprimées, une révolution des Vahinés où elles réalisent que leur innocence et leur générosité ont été abusées. Elles retournent donc la violence contre leurs agresseurs, offrant leurs têtes coupées à leur idole Tiki, décapitant symboliquement le patriarcat.

Exposition Gang of Witches in Paris

GANG OF WITCHES http://www.gangofwitches.com

ÉDITION Un ouvrage précieux en série limitée à 300 exemplaires Une version numérique en téléchargement libre dès juillet 2018

EXPOSITION 2018 VENUS’ REVOLUTION

GANG OF WITCHES Peinture, littérature, photographie, vidéo, performance

PAOLA HIVELIN | SOPHIE NOËL MÉLANIE TÖRÖK | SUNNY BUICK

SANDRINE ELBERG | CIOU | MINA MOND LORENZÖ | FRÉDÉRIC BETSCH | VIVIEN BERTIN

ÉMILIE JOUVET | AYMERIC BERGADA DU CADET

LANCEMENT DE L’ÉDITION, VERNISSAGE & PERFORMANCES

GANG OF WITCHES, live | JULIE ATLAS MUZ, performance

Le Jeudi 24 mai 2018 De 19h à 22H30 Espace Léon Cœur Marais 3, rue Portefoin 75003 Paris

Exposition du 25 mai au 2 juin 2018

MUSIQUE Inclus dans l’édition papier, le 45 tours « We are Gang Of Witches » En écoute libre sur SoundCloud dès avril 2018 Video clip par MIIKKA LOMMI

« C’est à travers le prisme mythologique et archétypal des corps célestes que les créations de GANG OF WITCHES questionnent le monde.

Après une Édition-pilote dédiée à la Lune en 2017, GANG OF WITCHES déroule un fil rouge astronomique, et continue son exploration symbolique du système solaire. Cette année, nous convoquons Vénus.

Au rythme d’un balancement entre esprit conscient et inconscient, entre réalité et archétypes, l’Édition 2018 de GANG OF WITCHES, « VENUS’ REVOLUTION », se déroule telle un conte initiatique qui invite à la connaissance et à l’amour de soi, et au respect de l’autre, humain, animal ou végétal.

GANG OF WITCHES s’arme d’art et d’amour pour célébrer une féminité puissante, singulière et affranchie du sexe biologique. Nous abordons également les limites de la structure patriarcale et capitaliste de nos sociétés sur-consommatrices, la restriction exponentielle des libertés individuelles, les progrès techniques décorrélés des besoins réels des populations, et l’urgence écologique. »

CONTACT PRESSE | MURIEL MARASTI |+33 (0)6 17 36 26 08 | contact@mmartproject.com

Big Art Show Last June

Last fall with some kick ass women friends, we decided to start a collective. We wrote a manifesto, which you can read below. We want to pool our resources to promote and encourage each other and we also want to do projects together. Below you can read our manifesto:

W.I.T.C.H.

Women (and friends) Interdisciplinary and Transcendent Creative Heaven

 

The night of the full moon october 2016 in Paris, the artistic collective W.I.T.C.H. was born. The five founding memebers are Sunny Buick (tattoo artist, painter), Paola Hivelin (artist), Sophie Noël-Saton (musician, writer), LaBaronne O (photographer) and Lina Prokofieff (photographer), citizens of the world, warriors of the light, impossible dreamers. They turn naturally to the architype of the sorceress to baptize their new circle. Independent and powerful, often timid sometimes mocked, always with a halo of mystery, the witch is the master of her identity. Her image marks the place of women in society and of their combats of each era. Since the 1960’s she is a feminist icon, an ecologist, anti-capitalist, and the ideal symbol for the artists of W.I.T.C.H. feminine intitative (yet open to men) and community for a conscious awakening to the ecology is an urgent matter. The collective arises in a context of uniformity of thought, against mass culture empty of sense and oriented only for profit and distraction, a major ecological crisis, maintain a climate of fear of dispair and obscurantism.

Art is a vital necessity for these five women. They are in an insessant quest of their own selves, of meaning, of harmony and of the absolute. All emotions, actions, events constitutes the raw material of their creations. An ordeal becomes an initiation. An intention transforms into a magic formula. A repeated gesture evolves into ritual. A meeting changes into a celebration. Then begins the alchemic work: melanging a glitter powder, some mirroirs and some pigments, tattooing a story under the skin, using of ancestral symbols, producing music of celestial sounds, a symphony of words or taming light through photography. These are their tools of sublimation and the revelation of the invisible, the inexpressible. They give themselves over to a creation organic and spiritual through a mysterious process, between trance and relentless perfectionism, cultivating their paradoxes and welcoming in themselves the opposing forces of existance.

The collective is united by the desire to restore the essential link between art and sacred, the sacred and forces of nature. Their major objective is to establish a protected space for reflection, exchange and creation, a bubble undisturbed by any productive constraints, rich in singular propositions, fertil, powerful, far from stereotypes. The wish to develope automous networks and alternative diffusions, notably through a seasonal revue, Gang of Witches, which has for a mission to promote the collective’s philosophy, as well as artists, researchers and thinkers that are resonating with such.

This gang of “good witches” is situated at the frontier of the material and spiritual sphere, of the visible and invisible, conscious and un conscious, of humor and revolt, of resistance and resiliance. They voyage from one to the other, united and nyctalope, creating points of convergance, opening portals, bringing out the beauty of the world.

Please click to continue and see some photos from opening night:

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LANCEMENT et VERNISSAGES / Launch and Art Openings W.I.T.C.H.

GANG OF WITCHES Full moon party 9/6/2017 from Periscope on Vimeo.

⭐️ GANG OF WITCHES ⭐️
9 juin 19h a 23h
23 rue Basfroi 11eme Paris
LANCEMENT de l’Edition 2017: Objectif lune
Livre d’artistes en série limitée et numérotée

⭐️ VERNISSAGES ⭐️
• Paola Hivelin – Visions – Peinture & sculpture
• Lina Prokofieff – Possession – Photographie
• Sunny Buick – Poupées Foraines – Peinture
• LaBaronne O – Collaboration photographique

⭐️ PROGRAMME DE LA SOIREE ⭐️
Sophie Noël & Aude Halary Récital baroque 21h
House Of Drama Performance 22h
Deejays SOAP & Simone Bassline
Tattoo booth avec un flash créé pour l’événement

> CONTACT PRESSE
> Muriel Marasti
> +33 (0)6 17 36 26 08
> contact@mmartproject.com

Après le vernissage la galerie sera ouvert à 12h à 20h le 10 au 16 juin

W.I.T.C.H.

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W.I.T.C.H.

Women (and friends) Interdisciplinary and Transcendent Creative Heaven

 

The night of the full moon october 2016 in Paris, the artistic collective W.I.T.C.H. was born. The five founding memebers are Sunny Buick (tattoo artist, painter), Paola Hivelin (artist), Sophie Noël-Saton (musician, writer), LaBaronne O (photographer) and Lina Prokofieff (photographer), citizens of the world, warriors of the light, impossible dreamers. They turn naturally to the architype of the sorceress to baptize their new circle. Independent and powerful, often timid sometimes mocked, always with a halo of mystery, the witch is the master of her identity. Her image marks the place of women in society and of their combats of each era. Since the 1960’s she is a feminist icon, an ecologist, anti-capitalist, and the ideal symbol for the artists of W.I.T.C.H. feminine intitative (yet open to men) and community for a conscious awakening to the ecology is an urgent matter. The collective arises in a context of uniformity of thought, against mass culture empty of sense and oriented only for profit and distraction, a major ecological crisis, maintain a climate of fear of dispair and obscurantism.

Art is a vital necessity for these five women. They are in an insessant quest of their own selves, of meaning, of harmony and of the absolute. All emotions, actions, events constitutes the raw material of their creations. An ordeal becomes an initiation. An intention transforms into a magic formula. A repeated gesture evolves into ritual. A meeting changes into a celebration. Then begins the alchemic work: melanging a glitter powder, some mirroirs and some pigments, tattooing a story under the skin, using of ancestral symbols, producing music of celestial sounds, a symphony of words or taming light through photography. These are their tools of sublimation and the revelation of the invisible, the inexpressible. They give themselves over to a creation organic and spiritual through a mysterious process, between trance and relentless perfectionism, cultivating their paradoxes and welcoming in themselves the opposing forces of existance.

The collective is united by the desire to restore the essential link between art and sacred, the sacred and forces of nature. Their major objective is to establish a protected space for reflection, exchange and creation, a bubble undisturbed by any productive constraints, rich in singular propositions, fertil, powerful, far from stereotypes. The wish to develope automous networks and alternative diffusions, notably through a seasonal revue, Gang of Witches, which has for a mission to promote the collective’s philosophy, as well as artists, researchers and thinkers that are resonating with such.

This gang of “good witches” is situated at the frontier of the material and spiritual sphere, of the visible and invisible, conscious and un conscious, of humor and revolt, of resistance and resiliance. They voyage from one to the other, united and nyctalope, creating points of convergance, opening portals, bringing out the beauty of the world.

 

Online Gallery

artjaws

The folks at Hey! art magazine have created a new online gallery. I have the honor of being invited to the first show, featuring well known tattoo artists from all over the world. You can find my portfolio here.

Kunst Romantik

This July I had an art show in Stuttgart plus one week of tattooing. The weather was great and I wore shorts everyday. We had a bar b que in the country side and my husband came for the weekend! The opening was a lot of fun with lots of cool folks. The art show consisted of me and three other girlfriends of Melli’s. A great photographer, a vegan chef/illustration artist and another tattoo artist who draws on to-go paper coffee cups.

Here’s two tattoos I did early in the week:

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In front of an amazing gate at a church.

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A guy named Elvis:

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Melli was my host and I tattooed in her hair salon. The folks at Flaming Star were really great (as always)! You must visit this shop if you’re ever in Stuttgart.

More photos from this trip very soon!