Feminage: the logic of feminist collage

Feminage: the logic of feminist collage

Description

Feminage frames collage as one aspect of the diverse legacy of feminist art practice. The title re-inflects US artist Miriam Schapiro’s art historical slogan to further complicate the terms ‘collage’ and ‘half-century of feminist practice’.
In the 1970s, informed by feminism, gay rights and conceptual art, women artists creatively collaged the visceral, often violent encounters of family life, health, immigration, welfare and the Church. These micro encounters demanded a more nuanced form of collage, a process of cutting-and-pasting together of new forms of identity, new social competencies, and alternative ways of being in the world. Feminist collagists took up the more radical lessons of Hannah Höch and reinvented the everyday in a social as well as purely aesthetic sense.
Collage’s dynamic, chimerical logic of fragmentation and suture continues to open new angles on sexual, post-colonial and cultural identities. The artists in Feminage adopt collage as radical verb, embracing collision, weaving and mashing and an affective spectrum running from the slow pulse of stitch and weave to sharp, kinetic shock. Feminage weighs collage’s rejection of singularity, rationality and paradoxical logic in an era when mainstream media mash-ups and online surfing are familiar cultural processes.
The exhibition is also a platform for a proposed series of annual ‘collage meetings’ to discuss a new National Feminist Art Exhibition in March 2015.
Feminage Artists
Deborah Kelly, Elizabeth Gower, Emily Hunt, Fiona MacDonald, Karla Dickens, Jemima Wyman,
Nancy Spero, Paula Do Prad, Sally Smart, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Tai Snaith, Mehwish Iqbal

Event Details

  • Location: the cross art projects
  • Starts: 26th july
  • Finishes: 1st september
  • Website: the cross art projects
  • Tel: 02 9357 2058