Art and Change: Art and Feminism
Feminism has been a powerful force for change over the course of the last century, confronting inequality and changing the landscape of societies around the world. In the 1970s it surged into the art world, with the feminist art movement of the time challenging prevailing attitudes and assumptions.
Host Jane Montgomery Griffiths speaks to Mish Grigor, Juliana Engberg, Emily Floyd and Atlanta Eke about the ideas that drive their art and give voice to their passion for creating change. What is the future for feminist art? How can creativity generate real shifts in the structure of our society?
Presented in partnership with Melbourne Festival.
Art and Change
Arts and politics, creativity and change. The Wheeler Centre hosts riveting discussions with some of Australia’s most important intellectual and artistic voices as they explore the intersection between artistic creation and political action.
Jane Montgomery Griffiths is an actor, writer and academic. Currently Director of Monash University’s Centre for Theatre and Performance, Jane is an expert on Greek drama and theories of performance, and has taught at Cambridge, Leeds, Melbourne, and La Trobe universities.
Emily Floyd works in print and sculpture exploring the history of pedagogical play, employing it as a frame for investigations into literature, typography, protest, public art and the legacy of Modernism. Floyd graduated in sculpture at RMIT University in 1999 and has exhibited widely since then.
Recent solo exhibitions include The Dawn, National Gallery of Victoria, 2014 (forthcoming in November); Far Rainbow, Heide MOMA, Melbourne, 2014; This Place Will Always Be Open, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne 2012; Here Small Gestures Make Complex Structures, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2012; and New Graphic Sculpture, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, 2012.
Atlanta Eke is an Australian artist, dancer and choreographer working internationally. She was a DanceWEB Europe scholarship recipient 2010 in Vienna, and has received NextWave Kickstart 2011, Dancehouse Housemate residency 2012 in Melbourne, an ArtStart Grant recipient and has recently been nominated for a Green Room Award.
Juliana Engberg is artistic director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. She is a professorial fellow at Monash University and adjunct professor at RMIT University, and was the artistic director of the Biennale of Sydney 2014: You Imagine What You Desire.
Mish Grigor is a performance maker, writer and curator based in Sydney. She is one third of the performance group POST, whose work has been seen around Australia. Their works include Oedipus Schmoedipus, Who’s the Best?, Shamelessly Glitzy Work, Swimming Home in Heels, Everything I Know About the Global Financial Crisis in One Hour and Gifted and Talented.