Gender issues have been sidelined in the hegemonic history of art. Art scholars over the decades, basing themselves on visions and viewpoints that are apparently free of ideology, have ignored the visual culture in which femininity and masculinity are represented and the coercive rules that often derive from it.

The aim of this essay is to propose a critical, transverse rereading of modernity, of the avant-gardes, of art with conventional, realistic workmanship, and the different aesthetic options offered by contemporary art, focusing on the influence of gender rules, the symbolic and real violence they produce and the exclusive weight of sexist androcentrism. Given the structural character of gender, the aim of this book is to dissect the political and social component that pervades the different canonical aesthetic currents (Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstraction…), including the art used as propaganda (in Nazism, Stalinism, Francoism…), and to analyse the forms of resistance adopted in the 20th century by different artistic practices, such as non-conformist art with feminist content or postcolonial expressions.

The session is presented by Juan Vicente Aliaga, the author, with Nuria Enguita, Carles Guerra and Anna Maria Guasch.


Thursday May 29, at 7.30 pm.