1st Edition

Transnational Perspectives on Feminism and Art, 1960-1985

Edited By Jen Kennedy, Trista Mallory, Angelique Szymanek Copyright 2021
    244 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Transnational Perspecives on Feminism and Art, 1960–1985 is a collection of essential essays that bring transnational feminist praxis into conversation with histories of feminist art in the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.

    The artistic practices and processes examined within these pages all centre on gender and sexual politics as they variously intersect with race, class, sovereignty, Indigeneity, citizenship, and migration at particular historical moments and within specific geopolitical contexts. The book’s central premise is that reconsidering this period from transnational feminist perspectives will enable new thinking about the critical commonalities and differences across heterogeneous and geographically dispersed practices that have contributed to the complex and multifaceted relationship between feminism and art today.

    The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, cultural studies, visual culture, material culture, and gender studies.

    Introduction: Locating and Dislocating Feminisms (Jen Kennedy, Trista E. Mallory, and Angelique Szymanek)

    Part 1: Constructing

    1. Reviewing a 1960s Mi’kmaq Ribbon Skirt: Reclamation, Resilience, Resistance (Lisa Binkley)

    2. Winding Up to Be Unfurled: Art History as Casa Espiral (Sarah Lookofsky)

    3. Insubordinate Bodies: Staging Protest and Torture in Regina Vater’s 1973 Nós Performance (Emily Citino)

    4. Nil Yalter’s Topak Ev: The Nomadic Tent Between "Worlds" (Ceren Ozpinar)

    Part 2: Mediating

    5. Creation Stories: Australian Arts Feminism (Jacqueline Millner and Catorina Moore)

    6. Tseng Kwong Chi: 1979 and the Liminal Trans of Racial and Sexual Politics (Jane Chin Davidson)

    7. Shades of Discrimination: The Emergence of Feminism in Apartheid South Africa (Brenda Schmahmann)

    Part 3: Performing

    8. Against the Body: Interpreting Ana Mendieta (Julia Bryan-Wilson)

    9. Jung Kang-Ja: A Pioneer of Korean Experimental Art of the 1960s and 1970s (Phil Lee)

    10. "Really African, and Really Kabuki Too": Afro-Asian Possibility in the Work of Senga Nengudi (Ellen Y. Tani)

    11. Kirsten Justesen: The Body as a Feminist and Artistic Tool (Tania Ørum)


    Jen Kennedy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and Art Conservation at Queen's University.

    Trista E. Mallory is a mother and Independent Scholar.

    Angelique Szymanek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Architecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.