Political feminism: Activist art in Australia in 2015

Coombs, Courtney (2015) Political feminism: Activist art in Australia in 2015. Art Monthly Australia, 286(Summer), pp. 56-61.

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Abstract

Brisbane-based artist and Founding Co-Director of LEVEL artist run initiative Courtney Coombs discusses feminist activist art practice in Australia.

Recent discussions both in the art world and beyond have increased the profile and demystified the notion of feminism in the twenty-first century, and the term has once again become integrated into mainstream discussion internationally and in Australia. Now that pop music star Taylor Swift has declared herself a feminist, you could be persuaded that the 'f' word has finally become socially acceptable. However, while many artists have adopted the feminist label across the country, it often feels like feminism has become a lifestyle choice rather than a political one. When the badge is so readily worn by many, society can be fooled into thinking that there is no more work to be done. With the 'f' word once again acceptable while the 'p' word (patriarchy) remains so pass , how are artists responding to the changed conditions but continued imposition of what bell hooks has described as the 'imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy'?

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ID Code: 91961
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Feminist Art, Activist Art, Contemporary Art, Visual Art, Art Monthly
ISSN: 1033-4025
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Courtney Coombs
Deposited On: 18 Jan 2016 03:01
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 15:05

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