Seminar. Outcome of the Art After Feminism

Throughout the two-year duration of each biennial Independent Studies Program (PEI), students participate in a monographic workshop that articulates the continuity of the whole syllabus in a practical manner. The PEI 2008-2010 Workshop is Art after Feminisms, a project that aims to construct a space for research, analysis and reflection on the implications of recent feminist and queer theories in the field of artistic practices. The idea is to create a public space in which to give visibility to some of the languages and representations related to the feminist critique and sexual liberation movements that began to emerge in the sixties in Spain. This project stems from an awareness that the politicisation of art cannot entail the essentialisation of a kind of political «gender» for art: analogously, it is the field of artistic practices that is questioned by the contributions of feminists and queer theory. Thus, this will be an opportunity to reconsider the role of institutional, pedagogic and exhibition-based critique, the place and politics of identity, bodies and forms of subjectivation in art.


30 & 31 March, from 6 pm to 9 pm

This seminar has two interrelated objectives. Firstly, to examine some discursive and curatorial strategies in relation to arts practices and minority sexual representation in the decade of the nineties in Spain. Secondly, to reveal the tension that exists between frameworks of visibility that water down the political potential of these practices on one hand, and those that attempt to repoliticise them and promote the emergence of critical subjectivities on the other.

The first session re-examines some specific curatorial practices that express or reveal possible tensions between exhibition practices and discourses.In particular, to highlight the emergence of the notion of queer in Spain and to critically review its new meaning. The second session will deal with alternative frameworks and strategies of visibility, which are constituted as zones of resistance and will allow us to map out new genealogies of artistic production and discourse in Spain.

Monday, 30 March
Absorption and Resistance: Indentity Rhetorics and Marks of Visibility
With: Juan Vicente Aliaga, Xabier Arakistain i Manel Clot

Tuesday, 31 March
In or out: fighting and friction between marks of visibility
With: Miguel Benlloch, Cabello/Carceller i Pripublikarrak

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