“Making” history in the feminine: Genealogical encounters at the Berlin Biennial 2008

Tate, S. (2009) “Making” history in the feminine: Genealogical encounters at the Berlin Biennial 2008. In: Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, Manchester University, April 2009.

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This paper explores work at the Berlin Biennial 2008 that was made by three women artists born in the 1970s in response to the Modernist practice of women artists or designers from an earlier generation (Nairy Baghramian and Janette Laverriere (b. 1909); Susanne Winterling and Eileen Gray (1878-1976) Paulina Olowska and Zofia Stryjenska (1891-1974). Drawing on ideas from Luce Irigaray and Christine Battersby, I offer a narrative that sees the work in terms of woman-to-woman genealogies and made 'in , of and from the feminine'. Along with theorists Griselda Pollock and Hillary Robinson, these philosophers might be seen, in this paper, as my cognitive ‘woman-to-woman genealogy’, intersecting with that of the artists and enabling the particular and motivated shape I give to the historical and current, ‘political’, significance of work. The artists might be seen as ‘making’ history in a quite literal sense: in the physical facture of a contemporary practice that looks back, beyond second wave feminism, to speak to a current audience. Encountering a generation prior to, and one younger than, my own and writing about their work I am ‘making’ history in the more conventional sense. My hope is that this cross generational segue between theory and practice will have resonance for the artists and for a wider audience and thus contribute to the unrolling debate that is ‘making’ history in a third sense - the next installment of the feminist project.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:woman-to-woman genealogies, Nairy Baghramian, Janette Laverriere, Susanne Winterling, Eileen Gray, Paulina Olowska, Zofia Stryjensk, Berlin Biennial, Irigaray, Battersby, Pollock, feminist histories
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
ID Code:12743
Deposited By: S. Tate
Deposited On:20 Oct 2010 12:41
Last Modified:14 Aug 2013 11:59

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