The Art of Feminism | The Personal is Political and Beyond
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How were women artists influenced by second-wave feminism, and how might that have shaped art today?
The 1970s heralded the second-wave feminist movement. The art critic Lucy Lippard has argued that feminist art is “a value system, a revolutionary strategy, a way of life.”
This talk will survey how the social politics of the time influenced women artists. We will explore how notions of identity and embodiment were explored in their artistic practice, looking at how the mediums of craft, performance, and video were embraced, alongside photography and sculpture. Throughout art history, the body has been used to examine the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, and disability. We will also look at art produced towards the end of the 20th century, considering how feminist politics have expanded to become more diverse, and the crossovers with queer theory and anti-racist discourse.
Philomena Epps is a writer, art critic, and the founding editor of Orlando, an independent magazine focused on the visual arts and contemporary culture. Her criticism has been published by numerous titles, such as art-agenda, Artforum, Burlington Contemporary, Elephant, Flash Art and Frieze. She has also been commissioned to write texts for artist books, exhibitions, galleries, and institutions, including Bloc Projects, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Southwark Park Galleries, and Tate. Philomena has participated in talks and conferences at venues that include Jerwood Arts, LUX, and the Royal College of Art. Through Orlando, she has hosted film screenings, performances, and workshops at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, the Horse Hospital, and Somerset House.