'Women in Russian Art: New Perspectives on Feminist Practice' in partnership with the EBRD

In partnership with Pushkin House, the EBRD presents a roundtable discussion and art exhibition focusing on Women in Russian Art: New Prospects for Feminist Practice.

The discussion, chaired by Rosalind P. Blakesley , Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Cambridge, will explore the issues of female and feminist art in Russia. The discussion will consider the powerful influence of women since the avant-garde movement of the early 20 th century and present days.

Curator Natalia Kamenetskaya (Moscow) will comment on the value of feminist art history and questions of gender analysis in relation to women artists and to her two major exhibitions (“Zen D'art” and “Femme Art”).

Artist Natalia Gluklya (St Petersburg) will speak about the relationship between Marxism and feminism in her work and in her activist group “Shto Delat?” [“What is to be Done?”].

An art critic Katy Deepwel l (London) will talk about the contradictory understandings of feminism pre- and post-1988 as seen from the west and in the context of her publications, including n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal [ www.ktpress.co.uk ] which she founded in 1998 and continues to edit and the Gender, Art, Theory Anthology: 1970-2000 (Russian text, Rosspen, 2005) that she co-edited with Mila Bredkhina.

Academic Natalia Budanova (the Courtauld Institute of Art) will speak about the restrictions and opportunities that Russian women artists faced during the World War I, as well as their engagement with wartime art. These questions will be addressed with reference to visual and textual sources contemporary to the war.

The curator ofthe exhibition Contested Frequencies Julie Solovyeva (The Courtauld Institute of Art) will discuss the relevance of the diaspora, displacement and media in relation to artists working outside of Russia.

The Exhibition:

Contested Frequencies: The Position of a Woman

This group exhibition aims to consider the state of a female voice in global culture. By installing contemporary art works within EBRD architecture, the exhibition will transform the social and transitory space of the first floor lobby into an area for debate – proposing a new collective experience. This non-traditional exhibition venue will invite new audiences to confront and reflect upon works that address the issues of social and cultural relations. It questions the possibilities for new modes of activism, fluctuating gender identities in a new economic landscape, expands the spectrum of feminist discourse, and challenges the political role of art in resisting the present. Contested Frequencies presents the work of female artists of Eastern European background. The exhibition reconsiders the relationship between aesthetics, resistance and the visual in a fluctuating and anxious political climate.

Please join us for the opening reception of the exhibition on Thursday 21 February from 17:30-20:30 in the EBRD’s Auditorium Foyer and a roundtable discussion at 19:00 in the Auditorium.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN

Nearest Tube station: Liverpool Street

Admission is free, but prior registration via EBRDevents@ebrd.com is essential . Please note that all guests are required to bring a picture ID and may be subject to random bag searches.

Image: Taus Makhacheva. A Space of Celebration . 2009. Video. 16'51".

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