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Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms

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  • On art activism(s) and contemporary discussions on identity, intersectionality, power structures and politics.
  • The book covers a wide range of feminist thinking and works, and the relationship to the visual arts.
  • PLURAL series selected by the Student Jury of the Best Dutch Book Designs 2020!

Editor: Katy Deepwell
Contributors: Linda Aloysius, Marissa Begonia, Sreyashi Tinni Bhattacharyya, Marisa Carnesky, Paula Chambers, Amy Charlesworth, Emma Curd, Katy Deepwell, Tal Dekel, Emma Dick, Lior Elefant, Christine Eyene, Abbe Leigh Fletcher, GraceGraceGrace, Alana Jelinek, Sonja van Kerkhoff, Alexandra Kokoli, Elke Krasny, Loraine Leeson, Laura Malacart, Rosy Martin, Alice Maude-Roxby, Kathleen Mullaniff, Louise O’Hare, Tanja Ostojić, Martina Pachmanová, Gill Park, Pune Parsafar, Roxane Permar, Anne Robinson, Stefanie Seibold, Pam Skelton, Mare Tralla, Christina Vasileiou, Camille Melissa Waring, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Virginia Yiqing Yang
Design: Lotte Lara Schröder
Series: PLURAL

2020, Valiz, supported by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Middlesex University London| paperback | 448 pp. | 24 x 16,8 cm (h x w) | spring 2020 | Engish | ISBN 978-94-92095-72-5


  • Read the Spanish article on 'Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms' by Isabel Garnelo Diez, on m-Arte y Cultura, the magazine of the association Women in the Visual Arts (MAV) in Spain.
  • Book review of Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms in The Burlington Magazine.

‘Feminisms’ (as a plural) is widely used today to draw attention to inequalities and to critique the status quo in limiting women’s roles/ positions/ lives/ potential. Art can offer a vision of future worlds, manifesting a desire for projecting change, playing with existing realities and conventions. Feminist Art Artivism and Activism, two sides of the same coin, arise where art approaches, develops or transforms into activism and vice versa, where activisms become artivisms. In both, art emerges in differing forms of political intervention, at both an individual, shared or collective level, apparent in actions, events, identifications and practices.
This volume wants to reveal the diversity of these practices and realities. Representing a range of critical insights, perspectives and practices from artists, activists, curators, academics and writers, it explores and reflects on the enormous variety of feminist interventions in the field of contemporary art, social processes, the public sphere and politics. In doing so, Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms touches upon broader questions of cultural difference, history, class, economic position, ecology, politics, sexual orientation, and the ways in which these intersect.

Richly illustrated with c. 300 black and white illustrations and photos.

This is the first volume in the new PLURAL series. The series focuses on how the intersections between identity, power, representation and emancipation, play out in the arts and in cultural practices. The volumes in this series aim to do justice to the plurality of voices, experiences and perspectives in society and in the arts and to address the history and present and future meaning of these positions and their interrelations. PLURAL brings together new and critical insights from artists, arts professionals, activists, cultural and social researchers, journalists and theorists.