The f Word, Sale, has come to a close. Please have a look at some of the exhibition documentation below.
All images courtesy of Clare Rae.
Ararat Regional Art Gallery’s current exhibition, ‘The f Word: Contemporary Feminist Art in Australia’ opened last month.
The day’s proceedings began with talks by five of the artists represented in the exhibition.
These artists spoke about their diverse and fascinating work which extends from Inez de Vega’s emotive video art, Lyndal Walker’s mysteriously provocative scarves, Eliza-Jane Gilchrist’s curious cicada sculpture and Laurene Dietrich’s documentation of feminist art actions.
Maryborough artist Georgia MacGuire spoke at the opening about her sculptures which evoke the female body and are intriguingly made from paperbark and tulle.
A winner at last year’s Victorian Indigenous Art Awards, like many of the artists represented in this exhibition, Georgia is responding to the history of textiles in a fascinating new way.
Following the artists’ talks the exhibition was officially opened with remarks by the exhibition’s curator, Caroline Phillips, and Professor Julie McLeod, Deputy Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute.
‘The f Word’ is the second exhibition to be presented as part of a larger project which has seen women artists from across Victoria meet and make new art in a dialogue about the legacy of feminism in the visual arts.
One of the strengths of the project is the inclusion of both Melbourne-based artists, including some with very big reputations, alongside lesser known and emerging artists, including regional artists from Warrnambool, Maryborough and Castlemaine.
The exhibition was well attended with people travelling from across Victoria to Ararat for the day and staying overnight.
To learn more about ‘The f Word’ you can visit the blog: http://www.thefwordaus.wordpress.com
Ararat Regional Art Gallery
The f Word, Ararat opened on Saturday, August 30 with a wonderful group of artists’ talks.
Lyndal Walker, Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, Georgia MacGuire, Laurene Dietrich, Inez de Vega and Karen Buczynski-Lee enthralled the audience with their insights and passionate ideas about feminism and art.
This second iteration of The f Word project explores a range of issues surrounding personal subjectivity, cultural identity, trauma and the environment. The show includes a number of regional artists as well as a focus on craft and materiality, in response to the Ararat Regional Art Gallery’s strong fibre collection.
The f Word, Ararat continues until October 12.
Curator, Caroline Phillips, introducing Lyndal Walker
Georgia MacGuire speaking in front of her work Ill-fitting Uniform, 2014
Laurene Dietrich discusses her new work Old Age is no place for sissies; the f word bit
Uncovering the secrets of Lyndal Walker’s silk scarves
Inez de Vega with Eliza-Jane Gilchrist’s work Mutare
Photos courtesy of Eliza-Jane Gilchrist
Please join us at Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale for the opening event of The f Word.
On Friday, July 18 at 5pm there will be artists talks by:
Clare Rae and
Followed by the official exhibition opening at 6pm
Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
Port of Sale Civic Centre
68-70 Foster St
t 03 5142 3372
The ties between political and cultural practices are strong. Within the feminist movement of the seventies female artists used their work to challenge prevailing norms and voice new ways of looking at the world. The f Word, Sale, is the first in a two part project exploring the current resurgence in contemporary feminist art that once again seeks to make voices heard. For the seven artists in this exhibition those voices come from the past and the present, joining together to re-imagine a feminist future.
Please click here for the The F Word Sale, Gippsland Art Gallery Catalogue
Seven contemporary artists explore community, engagement and activism to reconfigure contemporary feminist art practices.
A range of craft based, sculptural, video and photographic works by twelve emerging and established artists open up ideas of contemporary feminist identity and visibility.
Inez de Vega
Curated by Caroline Phillips
Here’s the transcript of Dott’s fantastic presentation on the Technopia Tours Feminist Art Bus
Please use this link to find more of Dott’s great work!
My view on Feminism today, both within and outside of the visual arts, is a critical one. In my eyes, “contemporary” feminism is not all that different from second-wave feminism. In many ways, this lack of change is understandable, as women are still fighting for the same things as they were forty years ago, such as wage equality and to break free from domestic idolization. However, this does not excuse the continuing lack of intersectionality within feminism. Feminism continues to be centered on white, cis, and able-bodied women. We need a change in Feminism, and we need a Feminist art practice that reflects that.
An ideal feminist art practice today would be a community-wide venture to support all women artists, and to create spaces that will allow them to thrive. Commercial galleries and artist-run spaces that are readily accessible to and geared toward disabled women. Working together as a community to provide opportunities for women in detention centers to make and exhibit art about their experiences.
Feminist icons such as Judy Chicago and Naomi Wolfe have led me to believe that the basis of my artistic practice stems from my vagina. My art does not come from my vagina, nor from my body itself, but from my experiences within my body. In saying that women’s creativity stems from their vaginas, Wolfe and Chicago are, in fact, reinforcing a Feminism that works against and excludes trans women and women who do not have vaginas. This is the feminism that is still practiced today.
Feminism itself must be reevaluated and drastically changed from how it is today; a movement that works against women of colour, trans women and disabled women. Feminism within the visual arts must actively create spaces for these women and the art they create. As we are a bus full of mostly white, cis and able bodied women, this is our mission. This needs to be our Feminist art practice.
Dot Kett, Melbourne, March 2014