EWVA European Women’s Video Art in the 1970s and 1980s is an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project, based at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee (Scotland). EWVA is lead by the British video pioneer Professor Elaine Shemilt with Co-Investigator Professor Stephen Partridge, Research Fellow Dr Laura Leuzzi and archivist Adam Lockhart. EWVA examines the under-researched area of women artists' video experimentation in the 1970s and 1980s within Europe. The project started in March 2015.
The aims are to fill the gap in knowledge, to retrace European women artists' histories, their video works and their achievements to the benefit of scholars, researchers, practitioners, curators and the general public, and to strengthen their profile within the art historical canon.
This selection includes artworks by some of the most influential European women artists who were video pioneers in the 1970s and 1980s. A broad range of topics and approaches to video are being shown. These include the experimentation to explore the possibilities of the medium, video installation, multi-media and performance. The selected themes address: the critic to broadcast TV, identity, the relationship with their body, ephemerality of Life, perception, pregnancy and maternity, the opposition between Nature and Civilisation, how women are represented by the media, the role of women in society.
Featured artists: Anna Valeria Borsari, Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter, Madelon Hooykaas, Živa Kraus, Federica Marangoni, Elaine Shemilt, Annegret Soltau, Elsa Stansfield