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Feminist Artivisms: Examples of an art history

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeminist Art Activisms and Artivisms
EditorsKaty Deepwell
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019


This chapter describes - if briefly - one of my own art works and two art works by women artists, namely Numbi (by Kinsi Abdulleh) and Idle Women (by Rachel Anderson and Cis O'Boyle) in order to elaborate an 'ecological' way of thinking about art in the round. I offer an ecological approach to art history inspired by the feminist philosophies of Karen Barad and Donna Haraway because, despite the fact that the idea of the white male artist leading culture from the front is actively derided throughout the contemporary art world, it nevertheless continues to inform art world decision-makers and gate-keepers. What keeps the avant-gardist genius paradigm going, despite decades of critique, is the myth of progress, which is dependent on a hierarchy of achievement. This chapter exemplifies a different understanding of art and its achievements.

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