On 8 March we wish all women Happy Birthday! full of equality and solidarity

On 8 March we wish all women Happy Birthday! full of equality and solidarity

On 8 March we wish all women a Happy New Year full of equality and solidarity and remember all those who have fought for feminist ideals throughout time.

Today, as part of the #booksonthedancefloor series, we present a selection made by our colleague Corina Cimpoieru – 8 exemplary books about women and their artistic practices, from different times and places. The books are part of ๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข๐š๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐š ๐‚๐๐ƒ๐, whose program and rules you can find HERE.

๐Ÿ. ๐…๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐…๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ. ๐๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž, ๐ƒ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž, ๐–๐š๐ซ, ๐๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐„๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ., Adrien Sina , les presses du reel, 2011

A re-examination of the role of the female avant-garde in performance and dance: a comprehensive publication with over 2500 colour illustrations, together with documentary material on Valentine de Saint-Point, Marinetti, Futurism, Canudo, the Russian ballet, German and American Expressionism (original photographs, handwritten letters, drawings, woodcuts, manifestos, first editions and ephemera).

๐Ÿ. ๐‘๐š๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž. ๐…๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐€๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐ข๐ง ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ , Sternberg Press, 2021

What happens when feminist and queer ethics of care are put into curatorial practice? What happens when the notion of care based on the politics of relationship, interdependence, reciprocity and responsiveness informs curatorial practice? Presented through critical theoretical essays, practice-based case studies and manifestos, the essays in this book offer perspectives from diverse contexts and geographies.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐…๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐€๐ซ๐ญ. ๐€๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐€๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ, Katy Deepwell (ed.), Valiz, 2020

Feminist art activism and feminist art activism, two sides of the same coin, occur when art approaches, develops or transforms into activism and vice versa, when activisms become activisms. In both, art appears in different forms of political intervention, both at the individual, communal or collective level, evidenced in actions, events, identifications and practices. This volume reveals the diversity of these practices and realities.

๐Ÿ’. ๐•๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ž ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ – ๐€๐‘๐‚๐‡๐ˆ๐•, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2012

In a revolutionary way, starting in 1968, Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT paved the way for feminist and socially critical art. This catalogue contains numerous reproductions from the artist’s archive and also documents VALIE EXPORT’s approach and engagement with a theme. Works such as TAPP und TASTKINO and Aktionshose: Genitalpanik are presented not only as stand-alone works, but also in the context of reference material in the archive.

๐Ÿ“. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐: ๐Œ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ˆ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐†๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ, Iman Mersal, Sternberg Press, 2018

Egyptian poet Iman Mersal presents a new narrative of motherhood in this book, moving from interior and exterior spaces, journals, readings, and photographic representations of motherhood to question old and current representations of motherhood and the related space of unconditional love, guilt, personal goals, and traditional expectations.

๐Ÿ”. ๐ˆ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญฬฆ๐ข๐š ๐Œ๐ž๐๐ž๐ž๐ข. ๐‘๐š๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐–๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐€๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ˆ๐ซ๐จ๐ง ๐‚๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter Konig, 2019

This volume brings together 36 women artists from behind the Iron Curtain who worked between 1961 and 1989, attempting a contextualization of nonconformist female artistic production in the Eastern Bloc. Exploring how these women artists produced work in terms of mythology, protest and self-definition, Medea’s Insurrection rewrites the male-dominated narrative of post-war European art.

๐Ÿ•. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ง๐จ๐ง-๐ฏ๐ข๐จ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž, Judith Butler, Verso, 2021

Judith Butler’s book shows how an ethic of nonviolence must be linked to a broader political struggle for social equality. Moreover, she argues that nonviolence is often misunderstood as a passive practice emanating from a calm region of the soul or as an individualistic ethical relationship to existing forms of power. But, in fact, nonviolence is an ethical stance that lies in the middle of the political field.

๐Ÿ–. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐€๐๐๐€ ๐ƒ๐€๐”๐‚ฬŒ๐ˆฬ๐Š๐Ž๐•๐€ฬ, Futura Books, 2017

Anna Dauฤรญkovรก’s book is an incomplete attempt to summarize the most important themes in the work of the first Czechoslovak feminist and queer artist. Emigration and residence in 1980s Russia, determination through non-normative sexuality to the position of “other” and desire in relation to the visualization of sensual experience, the connection between past and presence, all intertwine in the theme of the body politic.

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