PHOTOGRAPHY MEETS FEMINISM: Australian women photographers 1970s–80s
A Monash Gallery of Art travelling exhibition
During this period of the late twentieth century, photography helped feminism and feminism helped photography. On the one hand, feminists used the highly informative and accessible medium of photography to raise awareness of critical social issues. On the other hand, photographic artists embraced feminist themes as a way of making their practice less esoteric and more engaged with contemporary life. This productive exchange between feminism and photography fostered a range of technical innovations and critical frameworks that radically transformed the direction of visual culture in Australia.
Photography meets feminism: Australian women photographers 1970s–80s features vintage prints of important photographs, many of which have not been seen for decades.
Exhibiting artists included: Micky Allan, Pat Brassington, Virginia Coventry, Sandy Edwards, Anne Ferran, Sue Ford, Fiona Hall, Christine Godden, Helen Grace, Janina Green, Carol Jerrems, Merryle Johnson, Ponch Hawkes, Ruth Maddison, Julie Rrap and Robyn Stacey.
Newcastle Art Gallery (NSW)
7 February – 26 April 2015
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre (VIC)
2 October – 6 December 2015
Grafton Regional Gallery (NSW)
3 February – 13 March 2016
Flinders University City Gallery (SA)
16 September – 19 November 2017