Otago Polytechnic


Figuration, Feminism and Sculpture: Call for Papers

One day Symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition Re-Configure.

You are invited to submit an abstract for inclusion in a symposium addressing the topic of Figuration, Feminism and Sculpture. This Symposium and the exhibition Re-Configure seeks to highlight the challenges posed for representation within 70s Feminisms as they still inform artistic practices today. The symposium provides a platform for artists and researchers to present new research and developments in this area.

A taboo against figurative sculpture in feminist practice since the 1970s exists in relation to theories of the gaze and the critique of the image of women in advertising. During that time feminist artists turned from sculptural means towards performance and photographic practices. Representation, however, persisted within art schools and on the gallery circuit, and in a few exceptional cases dealt with a politically correct and positive agenda. It also persisted as the large scale pursuits of male sculptors.

This symposium seeks to reopen discussion around representation in light of recent research and artistic practices.

Presentations at the symposium should be 30 minutes in length.

Important Information:
Abstracts of 800 words to Michele Beevors by 30th June 2017
Contact: Michele.Beevors@op.ac.nz
Decision 15thJuly 2017
Symposium in Dunedin Friday 15thSeptember 2017

i(mage: Kiri Marie Mitchell, The Beryl’s. 2017)

Expiry: 01 Oct 2017