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This event celebrates the launch of European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s, a book that both recovers and reassesses the seminal contribution of women artists to the form and evolution of video. Editors Laura Leuzzi and Elaine Shemilt will be discussing some of the stories of these ground-breaking artists alongside key videos which will be on display in the library for the following week, and Madelon Hooykaas, one of the artists featured in the book, will be discussing her work in a Q & A with Malcolm Dickson.
Despite the fact that several women artists had been experimenting with the medium since the Seventies and Eighties, women artists’ contribution to video art is still marginalised. Many of these resulting video works are today lost or have not yet been migrated to digital archival formats. Taking its title from an AHRC funded research project based in DJAD (University of Dundee) the book retraces some of the pioneering stories of women artists’ video experimentation in Europe, featuring case studies of early video artworks, themes, genres and geographical areas.
Authors include: Jon Blackwood, Maeve Connolly, Cinzia Cremona, Sean Cubitt, Malcolm Dickson, Catherine Elwes, Slavko Kazunko, Marika Kumicz, Laura Leuzzi, Adam Lockhart, Stephen Partridge, Lorella Scacco, Elaine Shemilt, Emile Shemilt. The book will be opened by an Introduction by Laura Leuzzi, with a Preface by Laura Mulvey and a Foreword by Siegfried Zielinski.
“European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s brings a nearly forgotten moment in the history of women’s art practice back to life, vividly evoking its special sense of excitement and promise that still resonates across time.” – Laura Mulvey
The launch was accompanied by a showreel of EWVA videos (23-30 November 2019) curated by Laura Leuzzi and Adam Lockhart.
Pioneering Women in Video Art
European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s book Launch
Glasgow Women’s Library 23rd November 2019
Introduction from Editors Elaine Shemilt and Laura Leuzzi
Artist Madelon Hooykaas in conversation with Streetlevel Photoworks Director Malcolm Dickson
Refreshments and book signing
The exhibition showreel included:
Anna Valeria Borsari, Italy, Autoritratto in una stanza, documentario / Self-portrait in a room, documentary, 1977, 9m
Deej Fabyc, UK/Australia, 80 Ways, 1992, 27m
Marianne Heske, Norway, A Phrenological Self Portrait, 1977, 13m
Madelon Hooykaas and Elsa Stansfield, UK/Netherlands, Split Seconds, 1979, 11m
Lydia Schouten, Netherlands, Romeo is Bleeding, 1982, 11m
Elaine Shemilt, UK, Women Soldiers, 1984, 6m
Maria Vedder and Bettina Gruber, Germany, The Heartbeat of Anubis (Der
Herzschlag des Anubis, 1988, 5m
Giny Vos, Netherlands, Wildebeest, Documentation of Installation, 1986, 2m