FemArt has yet again dazzled the citizens of Prishtina with a mural showing how women face obstacles every day and continue to conquer, a true picture of a goddess. Besides the many panels, exhibitions, shows and concerts, the Femart staff decided to spice things up a little and add its own mark on the festival.
Instead of only featuring work and ideas by other women, Femart arranged for 10 women to paint a mural as part of the festival. 9 of the women were students at the Faculty of Arts in the University of Prishtina: Aurela Hajdini, Rrezarta Berbatovci, Olta Qeska, Aurrita Katona, Drenusha Dalipi, Puhizë Mjeku, Renea Begolli, Albana Bislimi and Luiza Thaqi. The women were mentored by Rudina Xhaferri.
The wall which transformed into a powerful message was located on top of the Palace of Youth and Sports in Prishtina. The students worked for it for the whole duration of the festival.
The most powerful aspect of the mural was the message behind it, portraying a woman who overcomes a lot of difficulties during her life for all the passersby to see and enjoy. What once was a simple wall with nothing but bricks and cement now turned into a beautiful artistic piece with meaning.
If you ever pass by the mural, you can see steps trailing all the way to the face of this beautiful woman with sun-like hair, just as a goddess should look like. The steps are in a beautiful lavender color, with flames on the right edge of them, symbolizing how all of our paths aren’t so calm and simple.
Another intriguing aspect of the mural were 5 shape-like people drawn at the bottom left corner. Each person had a different structure, with various shapes and colors. These people, painted by Renea Begolli and she explained that they were portrayals of the many different part that make up every woman. Not all women are the same, and they are more complex than any of us can ever imagine. The most important message is to embrace every part of us.
The mural is a way of telling the truth about women in a way that most try to hide. It is a representation of how art can help show this truth instead of using words and panels and debates. When paint hits the surface, it’s in the artists’ hand to choose what they want to show and the story they want to tell. And the mural told a very powerful story that day: that all women are goddesses.
Written by Vesa Prapashtica