Feminism and Art in 2013

Feminism and Art in 2013
International Women’s Day Forum
Saturday 9 March 10-2pm
The Glasshouse QUT Kelvin Grove Brisbane

Join ten local and interstate artists and curators to discuss the relevance of feminism to art today.

Session 1: Performing Feminisms
Performance art and women – why is this connection so seemingly natural? What is it about performance that women artists find so relevant as a mode of expression? Is this connection the same in 2013 as in earlier feminist art? Why is performance art so gendered? And is it really? Does one perform feminism? What is ‘the self’ and how does this operate within our current society?

Chair: Catriona Moore
Majena Mafe
Leena Riethmuller
Anita Holtsclaw
Lisa Bryan-Brown

Session 2: Cross-Generational Feminisms
With the recent resurgence in discussions of gender issues, how are we working together to move forward? What are our inherited legacies, and what are we currently leaving behind for the next generation of women? How can we use cross-generational dialogue to continue to move forward? If ‘second wave’ feminists were the naughty daughters, are the new generation of feminists the well-behaved granddaughters? Where to now?

Chair: Julie Ewington
Laura Castagnini
Megan Cope
Courtney Pedersen
Kelly Doley


Lisa Bryan-Brown is an emerging curator and writer based in Brisbane. Her curated exhibitions Current, Addition 3, and Field have each addressed aspects of contemporary feminist discourse, an area of curatorial enquiry she will continue to explore as Level’s 2013 emerging curator in residence.

Laura Castagnini is an independent curator and PHD candidate at the University of Melbourne. Her practice poses an expanded notion of feminist art history and its current articulations. She has undertaken internships at the Elizabeth A. Sacker Centre for Feminist Art (Brooklyn Museum) and MOMA PS1 in New York.

Megan Cope is an artist who investigates issues relating to identity, the environment, and mapping practices. She is a descendant from the Quandamooka region (North Stradbroke Island) in South East QLD and through her art, explores decolonising methodologies which have become a primary concern in her work. Cope is a member of the collective proppaNOW.

Kelly Doley is an artist whose recent work investigates the history and relevance of feminism and the rise of the ‘feminist cringe’. In 2013 she launched JANIS, a project promoting female art practice via all-female exhibitions and publications. She is a founding member of the all-female art collective Brown Council.

Julie Ewington is a writer, curator and broadcaster and is currently Curatorial Manager, Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art. She specialises in contemporary Australian art across all media.

Anita Holtsclaw is an artist working primarily with screen-based installation. Her artworks explore the spaces of spectatorship that exist between the gallery and the cinema, whilst investigating constructs of female gendered identity through the re-articulation of filmic imagery. Anita is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy at the Queensland University of Technology.

Majena Mafe is a sonic artist, writer-sspoet and researcher (PhD- nearly finished) working with sounded-language, Gertrude Stein, and experimental writing with a feminist twist.

Catriona Moore lectures in modern and contemporary art at the university of Sydney. She has written extensively on women and art, and is looking forward to lively feminist discussion, activism and artistic practice in 2013 and beyond.

Courtney Pedersen is a lecturer in art history/theory at QUT. She completed her PhD, an exploration of feminism, genealogy and social history through public installation art, at QUT in 2005. She has also been a practicing artist for over 20 years, having studied photography at the Victorian College of the Arts in the early 1990s. She happily describes herself as a committed feminist.

Leena Riethmuller is a Brisbane based artist whose performance and video investigates contextual and subjective experiences of the body by critiquing dominant social constructs. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) in 2012 from QCA and has exhibited at Inbetweenspaces, Exist and Screen Space ARIs..

Presented in partnership with QUT Creative Industries Precinct.