Issue 37:4 | December 2017 | Positioning Feminism
Positioning Feminism
Issue 37:4 | December 2017
Issue 33:3 | September 2013 | Sexing the Agenda
Sexing the Agenda
Issue 33:3 | September 2013
Issue 14:1 | March 1994 | Art & the Feminist Project
Art & the Feminist Project
Issue 14:1 | March 1994


Art and feminism: Generations and practice

[I]t is increasingly clear that there are no topics or phenomena to which a feminist analysis is not relevant—at which point it is useful to consider feminist theory ...  as a set of techniques, rather than as a fixed set of positions or models.

The state of the art world and of feminism in the twenty-first century ushers in different ways of doing political activism, cultural work and theory. The intergenerational aspects of feminism and how this has been enacted in the visual arts in recent years represents a refreshing change from earlier perceptions of waves of feminist theory that tended to privilege the new. The visual metaphor of the new wave dashing the old against the shore appears to replicate traditional paradigms in what some have called either an Electra or an Oedipal contestation where the new generation kills the old feminist mother in order to please the father (the academy).

Regrette Etcetera: Werq the runway darling!
What drones taught me about being a better tranny ...
Letter from a young woman artist (after Janine Burke)
Diana Smith writes back to Burke questioning how much has changed.
Ms & Mr: Perverts?
Rotoscoping, transformations of the real, role reversal and the ‘‘Holophrase’’
55th Venice Biennale: The Encylopedic Palace
55th International Art Exhibition, Venice
1 June – 24 November 2013
Bill Hart: Conversations in the Dark
Rosny Barn, Hobart
7 – 30 June 2013
Michael Zavros: The Prince
Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane
24 May – 7 July 2013
Heartland: Contemporary art from South Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
21 June – 8 September 2013
Toni Wilkinson: Uncertain Disclosures
Perth Centre for Photography
13 June - 14 July 2013
Roy Ananda: The Devourer; Sandra Uray-Kennett: A Knights Tour through a Rent in the Wall
Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Gallery and Project Space, Adelaide
26 April – 26 May 2013
19th International Symposium of Electronic Arts: Resistance is Futile
19th International Symposium of Electronic Arts
7 – 16 June 2013
Alistair Rowe: Pioneer Village
Moana Project Space, Perth
20 June – 15 July 2013
John A. Douglas: Body Fluid II (redux)
Performance Space, Carriageworks
23 May – 16 June 2013
Outward, Launceston, Tasmania
7 – 22 June 2013
Mike Brown Festival
Mike Brown Festival, Various venues, Melbourne
Sadomaschism, Art and the Lesbian Sexual revolution
Black leather, blood, piercing and tattooing, glamourised dominance and submission should be approached with political discernment and discrimination.
Art & the Feminist Project
Shedding Skins: Identity and 'Lesbian' Art Practice
What does it mean to present as a 'lesbian' artist? The very identity categories 'gay', 'lesbian', 'heterosexual' are extremely problematic. Now that 'I' am out, I find that I am in - inside a category that reduces rather than expands possibilities for me, not just as an artist, but as a person.
Art & the Feminist Project
The Horror of the Prose: Some Reflection on a Paper entitled The Horror of the Gaze
Some reflections on a paper entitled the Horror of the Gaze. Art criticism is, perhaps, an art form and not expected primarily to make sense. There is no consensus about what art is, but we do seem to share an urge to understand what critics say about it.
Art & the Feminist Project
Update: Projects of Women and Art
A survey of current issues, events and projects with respect to women's art from around Australia.
Art & the Feminist Project
HER-ESIES Ancient and Modern
"Women in art must look to the future as they have no past" said Mary Cecil Allen at an opening of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors in 1935. A critical examination of the current art practices of women in Australia.
Art & the Feminist Project
Someday, Somewhere - Women and Nation in International Art
However, feminist artists, curators and writers could collaborate in establishing alternative frameworks for international exhibitions that would render unthinkable the omission of female artists or the implicit erasure of gender as an interpretive key.
Art & the Feminist Project
The Art World: More Than a Foothold
Australian women artists still see grey skies when they look out of their studio windows. This study examines the experiences of women in the hierarchical Australian contemporary art scene.
Art & the Feminist Project
What Should We Do With The 'Women and Art' Elective?
Women's courses since the 1970s have become a familiar if marginalised component of most art school curricula, their initial aim being to compensate for the absence of women in the Art History and Theory syllabus and to encourage the development of feminist art practices.
Art & the Feminist Project
Nourishment for Tough Times: Bring A Plate Conference
Review Conference Bring a Plate: Feminist Cultural Studies Conference University of Melbourne 10-12 December 1993
Art & the Feminist Project
The Engagement of the Personal
How do we define ourselves? What are the choices for women these days?
Art & the Feminist Project
Image Bank: The Feminist Project
Presentation and artist statement by contemporary female art practitioners. Women looking as feminist, feminine, female, femme, feminal. Artists featured: Frances Joseph, Angela Stewart, Maryanne Coutts, Noela Hjorth, Jill Kempson, Maria Kuczynska, Rosslynd Piggott, Eugenia Raskopoulos, C. Moore Hardy, Alex Macfadyen, Janet Neilson, Deborah Paauwe, Virginia Barratt, Linda Dement, Susie Hansen, Janina Green, Joy Smith, Madeleine Winch, Kathie Muir, Libby Round, Pam Johnston, Merryn Eirth, Dee Jones, Di Barrett, Frances Phoenix and Ella Dreyfus.
Art & the Feminist Project
Knocking on the Inside: Heather Ellyard, Annette Bezor, Janette Moore and Anna Platten
Looks at the work of Heather Ellyard, Annette Bezor, Janette Moore, Anna Platten.
Art & the Feminist Project
The Changing Face of Australian Women
Women from non-English speaking backgrounds are adding another dimension to the picture of women in Australian art. Informed by other cultures and dealing with issues of ethnic difference, the images on these pages create a broader idea of what it is to be an Australian woman.
Art & the Feminist Project
Fatal Attractions: Women and Technology: Norma Wight, Edite Vidins and Lyndall Milani
Looks at the work of three Queensland artists working in different ways with computers.
Art & the Feminist Project
Trapped in Paradise - Some Women Artists in Tasmania
The artists were selected because their work embraces not only questions of gender, but also addresses the distinctive duality between the superficial look of things and the complex web of underlying meaning, desire, fear, experience, and memory that they have located and interpreted for us. Featured artists are Jane Eisemann, Jacqui Stockdale, K.T. Prescott, Helen Wright and Megan J Walch.
Art & the Feminist Project
A View from the Other Side - Five Women West Australian Artists
Looks at the art practice of 5 Western Australian women artists: Helen Taylor, Alison Rowley, Moira Doropoulos, Michelle Elliot and Linda Banazis.
Art & the Feminist Project
Bad Girls: Institute of Contemporary Art London
Review Bad Girls: Institute of Contemporary Art London 7 October - 5 December 1993. Using glamour, virginity and stardom to attract as wide an audience as possible to a show of supposedly anarchic women artists all hoping to confront notions of sexuality and gender was a smart, if questionable, move....
Art & the Feminist Project
Speaking the Ineffable: New Directions in Performance Art
Looks at Linda Sproul's 'Listen' and Barbara Campbell's 'Backwash'.
Art & the Feminist Project
Making (A) Difference: Suffrage Year Celebrations and the Visual Arts in New Zealand
Suffrage year celebrations and the visual arts in New Zealand.
Art & the Feminist Project
Re-orienting Feminism in Aotearoa
During the past 8 years or so there have been two distinctive strands of activity which women artists have pursued in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Both are concerned with questions of identity. Artists Fiona Pardington, Emily Karaka, Shona Davies, Christine Webster and Robyn Kahukiwa.
Art & the Feminist Project
Bush Women: Narrative Paintings from Outback Western Australia
Article written with Karen Dayman Works being produced by senior indigenous women artists around Western Australia use figurative elements as well as symbols to doucment their own histories during a period of unprecedented social and environmental upheaval.
Art & the Feminist Project
Filipina Migranteng Manggagawa: Feminism, Art and Advocacy in the Philippines
Overseas contract workers from the Philippines support their families and their country as whole through many lonely years of exile.
Art & the Feminist Project
Jillian Davey: Stories on Canvas
Jillian Davey works at the Ernabella Arts Centre on the Pitjantjatjara Lands of the north west of South Australia.
Art & the Feminist Project
The Price of Liberty
The Women's Art Register contains a public access slide library of 20,000 slides, 14,000 information folders representing (as at 1994) 2,400 Australian based women artists.
Art & the Feminist Project
Sight Lines
Book review: Sight Lines Women's art and Feminist Perspectives in Australia Sandy Kirby Craftsman House Sydney 1992 RRP $75
Art & the Feminist Project
Nola Farman: The Challenge Continues
Examination of the art practice of Nola Farman.
Art & the Feminist Project
Memorial to the Survivors
Discussion of the work of Aboriginal artist Hope Neill
Art & the Feminist Project
The Amazingness of Women to JUST DO IT
Rural Australia produces resolute women - astute, sensible, profound. This article examines the work of one of a woman from the south west of Western Australia - what influences and inspires her.
Art & the Feminist Project
Porn Shop Art Adventures
Written with Barbara Holloway Exhibition review Joe Blow: A very erotic art exhibition by Jo Ernst Adam and Eve Gallery Canberra December 1993
Art & the Feminist Project
Surviving the first 12 months: Swing Bridge Art Gallery Dunally
Art & the Feminist Project
Printmaking and Optimism
Exhibition review I'sland (I'l)n. Exhibition of prints Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania 23 December - 2 January 1994
Art & the Feminist Project
Far Beyond First Impressions
Order Australis Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania August 1993.
Art & the Feminist Project
A Woman's Story: Hunting Grounds
Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia 5 November - 10 December 1993
Art & the Feminist Project
Modest Perfection
Bunbury Regional Galleries November 1993
Art & the Feminist Project
Revelations of a decade
Tangerine Dreams: a matter of Western Australian Style 1970 - 1980 Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery University of Western Australia
Art & the Feminist Project
Memories of a Nebula
Fountain installation by Derek Kreckler Experimental Art Foundation Adelaide South Australia 2-24 December 1993 and 11-23 January 1994
Art & the Feminist Project
Different Dreaming
Lap : an installation view. Keitha Phelps Five Different Homes. Louise Haselton Contemporary Art Centre 19 November- 12 December 1993
Art & the Feminist Project
More Light (Goethe's last words)
Craig Andrae Miscellaneous Remarks Contemporary Art Centre Adelaide, South Australia 3 September - 3 October 1993
Art & the Feminist Project
Reaffirming Identity
Fab art: Works by Kerry Giles (Kurwingie) Gallerie Australis Adelaide South Australia 23 November - December 1993
Art & the Feminist Project
En-Gendering Resistance: Opening Moves with Game Girl
All New Gen Game Girl by VNS Matrix (Josephine Starrs, Francesca Da Rimini, Julianne Pierce, Virginia Barratt), Experimental Art Foundation Adelaide South Australia 21 October - 21 November 1993
Art & the Feminist Project
Transiting to a new self: Regendering
Ros Prosser and Vicki Crowley attend the 80th birthday of drag queen Rouge in Adelaide