Me and You Without Border. Performing Feminism in Marina Gržinic and Aina Šmid’s Naked Freedom

Katarzyna Kosmala
University of the West of Scotland, Scotland

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Ingår i: Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 62:39, s. 381-389

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Publicerad: 2011-11-22

ISBN: 978-91-7519-993-1

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


What does it mean to produce art and to curate in contemporary Europe and in preformative times? Performing feminism in cultural production; without border; is situated in the new geopolitical reality of Europe and historically constructed hegemonic discourses of everyday. Being as much as possible outside the mainstream spaces; results in a sense of being outside the mainstream and more importantly outside the art market.

In discussing Cista svoboda [Naked Freedom] by Marina Gržinic and Aina Šmid (2010); (im)possibilities of social change under the conditions of financial capitalism that permeate art production as well as politics of today are addressed.

I loosely draw on bell hooks’ notion of a feminist movement; advanced in Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics (2000); constructing visual representation embedded in action; merging a kind of restless criticality with a social consciousness. Such method of engagement incorporates the element of self-criticality; including reflection one’s positioning; class; race as well as an inclusive approach to gender representation and its geographies; a self-reflexive way of de-centering; contesting and problematising the ongoing ideological constructions of European subjectivity.


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