Exhibition: "the female professors of the University of Rostock"

On November 4, the director of the Institute for Media Research, Prof. Elizabeth Prommer, the Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Gender Equality and Diversity-Management, apl. Prof. Meike Klettke, and the artist Julia Theek, showed the first professors gallery of the University of Rostock. 47 female professors have provided their portrait photographs for it. The University of Rostock looks back on a 600-year history, the history of women at the University of Rostock began much later. 110 years ago, the first student enrolled, and in 1947 the first female professor was appointed. While women now study just as many as men, at the level of the professors it looks quite different: only every fifth professorship is currently occupied by a woman at our university. And also in other management positions a similar picture emerges. Therefore, the exhibition should put the female professors at the university in the center of attention the anniversary is celebrated. It should make their work even more visible and create female role models for female students and doctoral students.

The exhibition will remain open until spring of 2020 in the vestibule of the Council Room in the main building of the university.

The artist Julia Theek developed a common aesthetic denominator through a formal typification for a uniform design of the female professors gallery. The visual habits of the everyday world of advertising and Instagram were broken and the portraits with division into color areas, emphasis on light and shadow in the picturesque excessive. In addition the face was brought in the focus, without background, multicolored light in contrast to the antique dark man portraits. Instead of the gold frames, sustainability was emphasized in the production: The round image carriers, which stand out 5 cm from the wall, are cans for film rolls. To bring the different colors together, the film cans were sprayed by the artist and decorated with only a small gold rim. The artist Julia Theek comes from the streetart and has specialized in upcycling art with the summer academy "Lübzer Kunstspeicher".

 

f.l.t.r.: Julia Theek, Prof. Elizabeth Prommer, apl. Prof. Meike Klettke at the opening-event.
f.l.t.r.: Julia Theek, Prof. Elizabeth Prommer, apl. Prof. Meike Klettke at the opening-event.
Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Gender Equality and Diversity-Management, apl. Prof. Meike Klettke, in front of the Galery.
Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Gender Equality and Diversity-Management, apl. Prof. Meike Klettke, in front of the Galery.

Contact person

Dr. Uta Buttkewitz
Coordinator Welcome Services and Equal Opportunities
Department for Diversity
Universitätsplatz 1, Room 013 
18051 Rostock
Tel.: +49 381 498 1212
E-Mail: uta.buttkewitz@uni-rostock.de