Contemporary Mamactivist Artists: A Forum on Maternal Activist Art for the Studies in the Maternal Special Issue on The Everyday Maternal Practice: Activist Structures in Creative Work, Summer 2016

Natalie Loveless, Rachel Epp Buller, Deirdre Donoghue, Davina Drummond, Yara El-Sherbini, Farheen Haq, Jodie Hawkes, Sarah Irvin, Courtney Kessel, Helen Knowles, Irene Lusztig, Paula McCloskey, Iris Anna Regn, Shira Richter, Lena Simic

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Abstract

This special forum for Studies in the Maternal asks fourteen activistmother-artists, or “mamactivists”, to respond to the following questions: (1) When and why did you start making activist/political work on the maternal? (2) What reception/reaction did you receive for the work? (3) What is the latest activist/political work you have made on the maternal? (4) What shifts do you see from this first work to this last work? and (5) Why is the maternal, in your opinion, important to activist, engaged, political art today? Responses highlight a range of geographic and cultural perspectives, as well as artistic strategies. One commonality between them is that they take the maternal not as a biological facticity, but a rich feminist site of political intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-62
JournalStudies in the Maternal
Volume8
Issue number2
Early online date15 Dec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Contemporary Art
  • Mamactivist
  • Forum
  • Maternal
  • Activist
  • Art

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    Loveless, N., Buller, R. E., Donoghue, D., Drummond, D., El-Sherbini, Y., Haq, F., Hawkes, J., Irvin, S., Kessel, C., Knowles, H., Lusztig, I., McCloskey, P., Regn, I. A., Richter, S., & Simic, L. (2016). Contemporary Mamactivist Artists: A Forum on Maternal Activist Art for the Studies in the Maternal Special Issue on The Everyday Maternal Practice: Activist Structures in Creative Work, Summer 2016. Studies in the Maternal, 8(2), 56-62. https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.224