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Images from the exhibition by Simone Aaberg Kærn:

smilinhg in a war zone

SDSU Exhibition inspires us to rise above
By Kristin Kjaero

March 4, 2010 (San Diego) – Who hasn’t dreamed of flying?

Seize the Sky explores this archetypal image in women’s lives across cultures and generations, to rise above circumstance and make their own destiny in the metaphorical and literal freedom of the sky.

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About the Exhibition

Simone Aaberg Kaern: Seize the Sky is a fourteen-year survey of the Danish artist's video works that address the sky as airspace unbounded by political borders and examine flight as a metaphor for individual freedom. Seize the Sky is Aaberg Kaern's premiere exhibition on the West Coast, and her first comprehensive solo exhibition in the United States. The exhibition and symposium are organized and curated by Tina Yapelli, director of the University Art Gallery at San Diego State University. The exhibition and symposium are sponsored by the San Diego State University Art Council; the School of Art, Design and Art History; the SDSU Center for the Visual and Performing Arts; the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts; and the fund for Instructionally Related Activities. The exhibition and symposium are organized in conjunction with the fortieth anniversary of the Department of Women's Studies at San Diego State University. Simone Aaberg Kaern is represented by Galerie Asbaek, Copenhagen, Denmark.




show me korea

show me with you hands how you fly - KOREA

sisters of the red star

Sisters of the Red Star

sisters of the red star

Sisters of the Red Star


installation royal greenland

installation shot

installation view

installation view

installation view





Here are some links to media coverage of Seize the Sky and the symposium.
(scroll down to March 11)
(Spanish-language TV)






Images from the Symposium, events and talks in connection to the exhibition:

Latifa on Midway

Col. Latifa Nabizada at the panel



Col. Latifa Nabizada talking with members of american military. Sisters in the Sky Talks.

sieze sky



fly girls




Col. Latifa Nabizada and new friends.

Dialog talks between military personnel, women pilots and persons interested in human rights, art and gender studies. The exhibition Seize the Sky was the base for events related to UN 1325.:


The Security Council,

Expressing concern that civilians, particularly women and children, account for the vast majority of those adversely affected by armed conflict, including as refugees and internally displaced persons, and increasingly are targeted by combatants and armed elements, and recognizing the consequent impact this has on durable peace and reconciliation,

Reaffirming the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building, and stressing the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and the need to increase their role in decision- making with regard to conflict prevention and resolution,

Reaffirming also the need to implement fully international humanitarian and human rights law that protects the rights of women and girls during and after conflicts,

Emphasizing the need for all parties to ensure that mine clearance and mine awareness programmes take into account the special needs of women and girls,

Recognizing the urgent need to mainstream a gender perspective into peacekeeping operations, and in this regard noting the Windhoek Declaration and the Namibia Plan of Action on Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective in Multidimensional Peace Support Operations (S/2000/693),

Recognizing also the importance of the recommendation contained in the statement of its President to the press of 8 March 2000 for specialized training for all peacekeeping personnel on the protection, special needs and human rights of women and children in conflict situations,

Recognizing that an understanding of the impact of armed conflict on women and girls, effective institutional arrangements to guarantee their protection and full participation in the peace process can significantly contribute to the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security,

Noting the need to consolidate data on the impact of armed conflict on women and girls,

1. Urges Member States to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict;

2. Encourages the Secretary-General to implement his strategic plan of action (A/49/587) calling for an increase in the participation of women at decision-making levels in conflict resolution and peace processes;

3. Urges the Secretary-General to appoint more women as special representatives and envoys to pursue good offices on his behalf, and in this regard calls on Member States to provide candidates to the Secretary-General, for inclusion in a regularly updated centralized roster;