Introduction to Feminist Art

Reckitt, Helena. 2016. 'Introduction to Feminist Art'. In: Introduction to Feminist Art. Frieze Academy, London, United Kingdom 2 November 2017. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Coinciding with the Guerrilla Girls exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, this talk offered an introductory overview to feminism in contemporary art. Starting with a discussion of how different 'waves' of feminism played out in visual culture, Reckitt considered how the generational underpinnings of the notion of ‘waves’ has been challenged by artists and thinkers who consider issues of latency and the virtual within feminism. Her talk explored how artists engaged with feminism have approached the persistent tropes of gender as performance and masquerade, and to the role played by consciousness raising within the feminist movement and related cultural activities. Pointing to faultlines within strands of feminism at key historical moments, around class, race and gender non-conformism, Reckitt highlighted how current feminist issues play out in art that addresses emotional labour and social reproduction, as well as blackness and female memes.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Talk)

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The talk was part of ‘Introductions …’, an events series organised by frieze associate editor Paul Clinton, in which international experts provide accessible, jargon-free primers to key works, ideas and movements in contemporary art and culture.

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1 July 2016Accepted
2 November 2016Published

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Frieze Academy, London, United Kingdom

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2 November 2017

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29 Sep 2017 10:48

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29 Sep 2017 10:48


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