All-women art spaces in Europe in the long 1970s

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All-women art spaces in Europe in the long 1970s

Value: Art: Politics, 15


January 23rd, 2018



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The texts gathered in this volume embrace women artists-only exhibitions, festivals, collective art projects, groups and associations, organised in the long 1970s in Europe (1968-1984). These all-women art initiatives are closely related to developments within the political and politicized women’s movement in Europe and America but what emerges is the varied and plural manner of their engagements with feminism(s) alongside their creation of ‘heterotopias’ in relation to specific sites/ politics/ collaborative art practices. This book presents examples from Italy, Spain, UK, Portugal, Austria, Poland, Denmark, Germany (East and West), The Netherlands, France and Sweden. While each chapter is largely devoted to one country, the authors point to how the local and specific political situation in which these initiatives emerged is linked to global tendencies as well as inter-European exchanges. Each chapter of this book thus assesses the impact of travelling views of feminism, by considering connections made between women artists (often when travelling abroad) or their knowledge of art practices from abroad. Distinct and highly varied attitudes towards political activism (from strong engagement to a clearly pronounced distance and even hostility) are shown in each essay and, what is more, they are shown as based on radically different premises about feminism, politics and art. Contributors: Fabienne Dumont, Annika Öhrner, Katy Deepwell, Elke Krasny, Nina Hoechtl, Julia Wieger, Monika Kaiser, Kathleen Wentrack, Katia Almerini, Márcia Oliveira, Agata Jakubowska, and Susanne Altmann.

'One can only hope that this book will give rise to new publications on the same subject, which take Europe into account as a space for exchange and thought, as well as other, more peripheral, geographical areas.' (Translated from French)
Phoebe Clarke, Critique d’art

'All-women art spaces in Europe in the long 1970s is an ambitious and invaluable contribution to the fields of art history and gender studies that acknowledges the diverse practices of women artists and enriches our understanding of this transformative period in the history of art and feminism.'
Ksenia Nouril, Women’s Art Journal

'The volume is characterized by its wealth of information [...] It is a knowledgeable and multifaceted contribution to the history of the women-specific and feminist art movement of the 1970s in a comparative and global perspective, and continues into the following decades.' (Translated from German.)
Edith Futscher, FrauenKunstWissenschaft

Author Information

Agata Jakubowska is Associate Professor at the Institute of Art History, Warsaw University. Katy Deepwell is Founder and Editor of n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal and Professor of Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism at Middlesex University, London.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1
Katy Deepwell and Agata Jakubowska
1 Women Artists’ Collectives in France: A Multiplicity of Positions
in a Turbulent Context 19
Fabienne Dumont
2 Making Space for Feminism. All-Women Art Exhibitions in
Sweden in the 1970s 47
Annika Öhrner
3 Feminist Collaborative Projects in the UK in the 1970s 71
Katy Deepwell
4 ‘For Us, Art is Work’: In♀Akt – International Action
Community of Women Artists 96
Elke Krasny
5 The VBKÖ’s Archive as a Site of Political Confrontation, or How
Can You Sing Out of Tune? 119
Nina Hoechtl and Julia Wieger
6 The International Exhibition Kvindeudstillingen XX på
Charlottenborg in Copenhagen and the Idea of Feminist Art Space 144
Monika Kaiser
7 Heterotopian Spaces of Feminist Art Practice: The Schule
für kreativen Feminismus and the Stichting Vrouwen in de
Beeldende Kunst 167
Kathleen Wentrack
8 Women’s Art Spaces: Two Mediterranean Case Studies 189
Katia Almerini
9 Portuguese Women Artists at the National Society of Fine Arts:
Why Was This Not a Feminist Exhibition? 209
Márcia Oliveira
10 No Groups but Friendship. All-Women Initiatives in Poland at
the Turn of the 1980s 229
Agata Jakubowska
11 ‘And – I have not taken him’. The Erfurt Women Artists’ Group 248
Susanne Altmann
Notes on Contributors 269
Index 273