Article | Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 | Me and You Without Border. Performing Feminism in Marina Gržinic and Aina Šmid’s Naked Freedom

Title:
Me and You Without Border. Performing Feminism in Marina Gržinic and Aina Šmid’s Naked Freedom
Author:
Katarzyna Kosmala: University of the West of Scotland, Scotland
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Year:
2011
Conference:
Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Issue:
062
Article no.:
039
Pages:
381-389
No. of pages:
9
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2011-11-22
ISBN:
978-91-7519-993-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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What does it mean to produce art and to curate in contemporary Europe and in preformative times? Performing feminism in cultural production; without border; is situated in the new geopolitical reality of Europe and historically constructed hegemonic discourses of everyday. Being as much as possible outside the mainstream spaces; results in a sense of being outside the mainstream and more importantly outside the art market.

In discussing Cista svoboda [Naked Freedom] by Marina Gržinic and Aina Šmid (2010); (im)possibilities of social change under the conditions of financial capitalism that permeate art production as well as politics of today are addressed.

I loosely draw on bell hooks’ notion of a feminist movement; advanced in Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics (2000); constructing visual representation embedded in action; merging a kind of restless criticality with a social consciousness. Such method of engagement incorporates the element of self-criticality; including reflection one’s positioning; class; race as well as an inclusive approach to gender representation and its geographies; a self-reflexive way of de-centering; contesting and problematising the ongoing ideological constructions of European subjectivity.

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Katarzyna Kosmala
Title:
Me and You Without Border. Performing Feminism in Marina Gržinic and Aina Šmid’s Naked Freedom
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Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Katarzyna Kosmala
Title:
Me and You Without Border. Performing Feminism in Marina Gržinic and Aina Šmid’s Naked Freedom
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