Horizons unveiled
is an artistic transmedia interactive experience that develops the relation between art, digital media and social issue through an application, a participatory website and an outdoor installation questioning women’s horizons in port city around the world. Follow us in Cork where Carl and Jools met six inspiring women.






Horizons dévoilés Boulogne-sur-Mer from carl cordonnier on Vimeo.


Digital workshop in Boulogne-sur-mer from carl cordonnier on Vimeo.



We began the research for this project thinking about how to actively acknowledge women as being an important part of port towns and cities. Through a digital experience and a large scale outdoor installation of portrait photographs and personal quotations we want to unveil their stories. The traditionally male environments of port towns and cities where working life is dominated by fishing, shipping, export and import, women occupy almost a hidden presence. We had decided to bring these women out of the shadows of these towns and present their portraits and thoughts in a very public environment. 

At this stage, we weren’t sure of who these women were, how they would want to be presented or what they would want to say.

We approached organisations in each city which were actively engaging with women already experiencing some sense of isolation; through education, financial status, age, profession, illness, separation, young children or other factors. We had partnerships with port cities – Dunkerque in France, Tianjin in China, Tanger in Morocco, Glasgow in Scotland, Zanzibar in Tanzania and Bangkok in Thailand. We needed between 6 and 8 women from each city.

From the first meeting in each city, it was like opening ‘Pandora’s box!’ Not only have all the women participating in this exhibition been enthusiastic about representing the women of their city, they have had a lot of important things to say! During our early writing workshops with AAE Profil in Dunkerque, we debated what women from a port city had to say to the rest of the world and together came up with the word ‘horizon’. A word that has perhaps special significance for a woman? Women’s horizons have often been limited personally to domestic life and professionally to closer to home than men’s horizons... but what if women were looking out to distant horizons, what would they say, how would we show in the exhibition that they were looking out to these horizons? Again, through our valuable early workshops with the women, we decided that the photographs should look out, look beyond immediate frontiers and seek to engage with other women around the world.

In Dunkerque we have been privileged to work with a young mother of 2 boys, a decorator and would be fisher woman, a singer and social worker and a Company Director amongst others. In Tianjin, our women were students, an opera singer, a Company Director, an elderly retired woman, a Painter and Numerologist. In Tanger, we worked with women trade unionists, directors of companies, leaders of social projects for women and our oldest participant, 100 year old Hakima... Hakima was married at 14, widowed at 17 with 3 children, a nurse and feminist and still advising her grand daughter and great grand daughter! In Glasgow we worked with our partner organisation Art in Hospital to identify women who although undergoing medical treatment for serious illnesses are also vibrant strong women in their own right. In Tanzania, we have worked with a school connected with the British Council and the teachers. In Bangkok, we met women engaged in the demonstrations and willing to express their will of freedom.

We have worked individually with each woman to agree their portrait and their personal quotation about their horizon. They have been proud to stand in front of their horizon and find the words that express that horizon.

And what did these women express?

The importance of equality for women, which is still far from always being true... the need to have a more visible presence in a city and in the decision making of their city, cultural differences around religious issues, economic inequalities, socially accepted gender inequalities, the need for greater gender balance both in the home and outside the home, the importance of mutual respect between women and men, the importance of education and technological understanding for all women, the importance of healthcare for all women, the need to defend women against domestic violence, the need to represent women more evenly in the political field and the importance of dreams of true equality becoming a global reality.

Penny Rae - Carl Cordonnier



Portraits of women looking out.


Images of the horizons created with each women. Each person is activ in the creativ process in order to express personal ideas about employment, dreams, future, health. We are interested to find new ways to bring images to life from people's imagination.