On the 18th, our course took a coach trip to London.. HOW EXCITING?? I mean besides having to get up at 7am. This trip would consist on visiting two galleries; the Photographers Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. I have been to London many times and always insist on going to these galleries so I was very excited and they always show amazing work that just gets me so motivated and inspired.
It was such a long journey mostly spent sleeping, but once we got into London none of us could contain our excitement to just get off and get into the gallery. The main show was Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s: Works from the Verbund Collection. The exhibition featured 150 pieces of work from 48 international women artists from the SAMMLUNG Verbund Collection.
The purpose of these project was for the artists to be able to question feminine identities, gender roles and politics. The works focus on photography, collage, performance, film and video that was created throughout the 1970s.
The artists were: Helena Almeida, Eleanor Antin, Anneke Barger, Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Renate Bertlmann, Teresa Burga, Marcella Campagnano, Judy Chicago, Linda Christanell, Lili Dujourie, Mary Beth Edelson, Renate Eisenegger, Valie Export, Esther Ferrer, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Alexis Hunter, Sanja Ivekovic, Birgit Jurgenssen, Kirsten Justesen, Ketty La Rocca, Katalin Ladik, Brigitte Lang, Suzanne Lacy & Leslie Labowitz, Suzy Lake, Karin Mack, Ana Mendieta, Rita Myers, Lorraine O’Grady, Orlan, Gina Pane, Leticia Parente, Ewa Partum, Friederike Pezold, Margot Pilz, Ulrike Rosenbach, Martha Rosler, Suzanne Santoro, Carolee Schneemann, Lydia Schouten, Cindy Sherman, Penny Slinger, Annegret Soltau, Hannah Wilke, Martha Wilson, Francesca Woodman and Nil Yalter.
I hadn’t particularly heard of some of the artists but I had heard of Cindy Sherman, I am quite a fan of her work from researching her throughout my studies in college. I have never really looked into feminism photographs before, I have read a number of blogs about peoples opinions to it but never many photographs so found this very interesting how it will be portrayed.
As you can see by all the artists featured there was so much to get through, it all seemed so eye catching I just couldn’t walk past it all without stopping for like 15-30 minutes properly engrossed by it all. The visit certainly inspired me and it was lovely to see how each was portrayed differently to the next which made it mix so well.