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“Two Minutes to Midnight”. Photo by Birgit Kaulfuss; press materials from HER Docs Film Festival
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Too Close to Midnight

An Interview with Yael Bartana
Mateusz Demski
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What if women ruled the world – not according to the current, patriarchal rules, but completely new ones? Is it at all possible to change our way of thinking? Visual artist Yael Bartana tries to answer these questions and a few more in the film Two Minutes to Midnight .

Mateusz Demski: In 2017 and 2018, you decided to invite a group of 40 politicians, lawyers and activists from around the world – alongside five actresses – to a peculiar experiment. You locked them in a room, put them at a round table, thus creating a fictional world government. Where did the idea for this come from?

Yael Bartana:It seemed to me that something like this has never happened in the history of the world. After all, the figure of the ‘woman in power’ is not a new phenomenon. History knows such cases, and the presence of women in current world governments is a fact. The point, however, is that despite their position, women find themselves functioning in a model developed and articulated by men. Leadership was and is a phallic conception. This is the paradox: we are dealing with a situation in which women

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