The Female Perspective

Highlights of The Female Perspective Programme 2017/2018

‘The Female Perspective is not so much about the question of what the female perspective is, but rather about what we can learn when we listen to women’s stories.’

Castrum Peregrini proudly presents the one-off magazine The Female Perspective. The magazine is published on the occasion of The Female Perspective programme 2017/2018, curated by Nina Folkersma, as part of the cultural activities programme Memory Machine by Castrum Peregrini. The magazine is edited in collaboration with Mister Motley.

The focal point of The Female Perspective programme was Castum Peregrini’s founder Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht, as patron, artist and woman. Gisèle’s story continues to be a source of inspiration for artists, writers and intellectuals today. In 2017/2018, the cultural activities of Castrum Peregrini zoomed in on the ‘womanhood’ of Gisèle and her role and position as a woman in a group of male friends, in relation to currents issues around female identity, feminism and gender. What was, and what is, the significance of women in resistance movements? What can we learn from feminist theory when thinking about cultural diversity and inclusiveness? How can we bend the existing frameworks of female identity and gender?

The Female Perspective consisted of a series of exhibitions, performances, artist talks and lectures. Participating artists and contributors included Mieke Bal, Alexis Blake, Katerina Gregos, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Annet Mooij, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Renée Turner and many more.


The magazine contains material that reflects The Female Perspective’s activities over the year 2017 and 2018. There are contributions from almost exclusively female artists, thinkers, writers and academics. These contributions include, amongst others, essays by Adeola Enigbokan, Marjan Schwegman and Christel Vesters; interviews with Mieke Bal and Katerina Gregos; and artists contributions by Patricia Kaersenhout, Ronit Porat and Pieter Paul Pothoven.

The magazine also contains an exhibition guide to Some Things Hidden, an exhibition in two parts that took place in Castrum Peregrini from 18 to 26 November 2017 and has its second chapter in Framer Framed from 19 January to 11 March 2018. The Some Things Hidden part of the magazine is focused on the exhibition concept and the participating artists, with texts based on interviews by Lietje Bauwens. The artists in Some Things Hidden are: Hélène Amouzou, Alexis Blake, Sara Blokland, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Zhana Ivanova, Bertien van Manen, Charlott Markus, Shana Moulton, Femmy Otten, Marijn Ottenhof, Cauleen Smith and Batia Suter.

The magazine is available from 18th January 2018 at Castrum Peregrini and at Framer Framed during the exhibition Some Things Hidden.