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Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s

Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s

Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s: Exhibition curated by Gabriele Schor, Director of the SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection, and Anna Dannemann, Curator at the Photograher’s Gallery comprises over 200 major works by forty-eight international artists.

*All the imagery below was shoot at the exhibition and later on modified in collages, messages and cropped images in order to portray a personal take on the exhibition. This is not how some of the artworks below actually look like.  

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Focusing on photography, collage, performance, film and video work produced throughout the 1970s, the exhibition reflects a moment when protests related to emancipation, gender equality and civil rights became part of public discourse. Through radical, poetic, ironic and often provocative investigations, women artists were galvanised to use their work as a further means of engagement – questioning feminine identities, gender, roles and sexual politics  through new modes of expression. This exhibition highlights the groundbreaking practices that shaped feminist art movement and provides a timely reminder of the wider impact of a generation of artists.

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Personally my favourite art piece was Martha Rosler: “Semiotics of the Kitchen” (1975). Fairly simple video of a woman showcasing kitchen appliances. The monotony and violence in this film were really harrowing. Mesmerising and increasingly disturbing.

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