FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE OF THE 1970S WORKS FROM THE VERBUND COLLECTION 7 Oct–15 Jan 2017

Elaine Shemilt (Artist), Gabriele Schor (Curator)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Abstract

The Exhibition included 2 photographic works by Shemilt.

Feminist Avant–Garde of the 1970s, an expansive exhibition comprising forty-eight international female artists and over 150 major works from the VERBUND COLLECTION in Vienna.

The exhibition highlights groundbreaking practices that shaped the feminist art movement and provides a timely reminder of the wide impact of a generation of artists. Alongside established practitioners such as VALIE EXPORT, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman and Martha Rosler, the exhibition also provides a rare opportunity to discover the influential work of artists including Katalin Ladik, Nil Yalter, Birgit Jürgenssen and Sanja Iveković. Curator Gabriele Schor coined the term Feminist Avant-Garde to underline the pioneering achievements of these artists.

Focusing on photographs, collage works, performances, films and videos produced throughout the 1970s, the exhibition reflects a moment during which practices of emancipation, gender equality and civil rights protest movements became part of public discourse.

Operating across the public and personal realms – as well as using their own bodies as central motifs – these artists sought to address broad political issues and confront patriarchy and sexism in art and society. In doing so they created new, positively assertive female identities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPhotographers Gallery
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2016

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