Women hold up half the Sky/妇女能顶半边天
Women Propaganda Poster collection
Stevens Vaughn And Rodney Cone partnered in Xiamen, China 1997 and create a commercial ceramics export business. A key part of this business was a ceramics sculpting studio in Dehua, the City of Blanc De Chine Porcelain and traditional crafts. Stevens was head of the design department which quickly expanded their focus into collaborations with artists from China and Europe.
As in their career and personal dedication to the Arts and to Chinese culture, the two started to collect and support local and inter-cultural art. During their travels in Shanghai and Beijing in the late ‘90’s they noticed large numbers of original posters from the Red Army cultural bureau, being sold at the street auctions and local outdoor markets.
They found these artistic and historical Art pieces both of historical and aesthetic immense importance, and the Hafnia Foundation's diverse collection covering major aspects of Chinese propaganda posters was assembled born.
The posters were exhibited in Argentina at the Centro Cultural Borges in
San Martin, Argentina 2013 and later same year in Santiago, Chile. In 2016 The poster travelled to Italy and was exhibited at Villa Bertelli, Forte Dei Marmi,
and in Museo di Roma in Trastevere in 2017.
in 2019 the Poster collection was exhibited in a new constellation, that of the Women's movement perspective in China. In Collaboration with Danish Culture Institute in 798 Art District Beijing, Stevens Vaughn and Rodney Cone curated the exhibition “Women hold up half the sky” which was part of Danish Culture Centre's 2019 focus on Women's emancipation movements in China and Denmark titled “Iron ladies and Red Stockings”. The Exhibition was a great success and accommodated over 100.000 visitors and featured articles in “Beijing daily” and was shared and hyped on Wechat and other local online platforms in the culture community.The exhibition is schedule to be shown at the Women's museum in
Denmark in August 2020.
Above:Poster from the Women\s Museum, Aarhus, Denmark.
Below Photos from the exhibition and symposium, performances and talks held at the Danish Culture institute in relation to the exhibition.