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Reimagining women’s art histories

International Women’s Day 2019: feminist time


Wednesday 6 March 2019
6.30 — 7.45pm

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Phoebe Boswell, Mutumia, 2016.

Interactive installation. Courtesy the artist and Biennale de l'Image Mouvement, 2016.

Join Phoebe Boswell, Liv Wynter and Griselda Pollock as they interrogate how artists, activists and writers can rethink art history and reinstate women back into the canon, chaired by Jude Kelly, founder of WOW - Women of the World Festival.

The canon of Western art history has often excluded women and femme-identifying artists. Historically they have been absent from museum collections, art movements and academic curriculums. In light of this there are a variety of activists, artists and theorists who are trying to reinstate underrepresented individuals to the canon in innovative ways.

In this event our panel question how artists can intervene and engage with traditional art historical narratives and discuss the role of art historians, critics and writers today in shaping the art histories of the future? What does an ideal art history look like? How can artists make political and philosophical statements reframing art history?

Speakers include multi-disciplinary artist, Phoebe Boswell, artist and founding member of WHEREISANAMENDIETA, Liv Wynter, Professor Griselda Pollock (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies) and founder of WOW - Women of the World Festival, Jude Kelly.

Phoebe Boswell (b. 1982) is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in London. Boswell studied at the Slade School of Art and Central St Martins. She is currently the Bridget Riley Drawing Fellow at the British School of Rome, and is represented in the United States by Sapar Contemporary, New York. Boswell was the first recipient of the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, and was awarded the Special Prize at the Future Generation Art Prize for her interactive installation, Mutumia, which consequently showed as part of the 57th Venice Biennale, and is currently exhibiting two institutional solos – The Space Between Things at Autograph in London till March 30th and HERE at the Goteborgs Konsthall in Sweden till April 14th.

Liv Wynter is an artist, educator, activist and writer from South London. She was Artist in Residence at Tate Britain and Tate Modern in 2017-18 but resigned to protest the institution’s inequalities. She is a founding member of WHEREISANAMENDIETA and currently in residence at Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridgeshire.

Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CENTRECATH) at the University of Leeds. She is committed to creating and extending an international, postcolonial, queer feminist analysis of the visual arts, visual culture and cultural theory, and her work researches issues of trauma and the aesthetic in contemporary art under the concept: ‘the virtual feminist museum’. She is currently working on three books and has published extensively.

Jude Kelly (Chair) was the Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London for 12 years. Southbank Centre is Europe’s largest arts institution and London’s third biggest tourist attraction. She is currently building the WOW Foundation. Jude created the WOW - Women of the World Festival in 2010 which celebrates the achievements of Women and Girls.

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Wednesday 6 March 2019

6.30 — 7.45pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9

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