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What about Feminism?
SMCS op 11

Wednesday December 14 2005:
Discussion (spoken language: English)
Starting time; 8 p.m.
Free entrance
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The twentieth century has been the century of women in the art world and her march still is unstoppable. Talented artists like Meret Oppenheim, Charley Toorop, Frida Kahlo and Lee Krasner stepped into the art historical spotlight, partially due to powerful self-willed personalities, to obtain a place in the world of art that had been dominated by men for ages. Nowadays, the younger generation doesn’t have to fight for that attention any more. It may sufficiently be supposed that female artists have as much a sense of humor, lack of taste, moralism, eroticism and existentialistic fear of life at their disposal as their male colleagues.
The occasion of the exhibition 'Jill Magid – Libration Point' in Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, gives us an immediate cause for engaging in a debate that focuses not only a critical view on the position of women artists today but also on the influence of feminism, and especially feminist art discourse from the 70s up to the 90s, on the contemporary art scene.

Have art theory and art production of female artists of the past 35 years become common property? Is there a continuation in the sequences of movements within feminist art theory? And what lies ahead of us? After the first and second waves of feminism and Post-feminism, do we find ourselves in a period of Neo-feminism? And what does this mean? A selection of experts in the field is invited to formulate answers to these questions. It might lead to a better perspective on today's importance of the meaning of feminism in art.

* Joke Hermsen (1961) is a philosopher and writer. She wrote her debut novel in 1999 titled Het Dameoffer. In 2003 her compilation of essays titled Heimwee naar de mens was nominated for ‘best philosophic book of the year’.
* Katy Deepwell (1962, UK) is a writer, art critic and art historian. She is the founder, publisher and editor of n.Paradoxa, an international feminist art journal.
* Jill Magid (1973, USA) is an American artist who works and lives in Amsterdam. Among others, her work was exhibited on the 2004 Liverpool Biennale and in 2003 in Turf, Brooklyn, New York and at the exhibition titled ‘Tall Tale, Small Scale’, Galerie van Gelder in Amsterdam.
* Annie Fletcher (1971, IR) Annie Fletcher (1971) is an independent critic and curator who lives and works in Amsterdam. She is currently head of the Curatorial Training Programme at De Appel in Amsterdam. She is co-curating with Frederique Bergholtz and Tanja Elstgeest "If I Can’t Dance - I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution" at various locations in the Netherlands (www.ificantdance,org) over three years. In 2006 this programme takes 'Contemporary Feminisms' as its point of departure.

Each speaker will give a short presentation about her work in relation to the subject. This will be followed by a moderated discussion in which the audience is cordially invited to participate as well.

This evening is made possible thanks to MamaCash.