Materializing Resistance: Gender, Politics, and Craft
Much recent scholarship has stressed the critical potential of craft, frequently utilizing feminist and queer methodologies to address the ways in which craft engages issues of gender. This symposium explores how the politics of craft are framed, preserved, deconstructed, revised, and reimagined today, and how artists deploy the unique properties of their chosen materials to resist gender binaries and hierarchies. Questions posed by this symposium include: How do artists today engage or challenge the traditions of feminist craft? How can craft be a means of generating an intersectional, anti-racist, and trans-inclusive forms of feminism? How can we decolonize feminism and craft, re-orienting the discourse from a non-western and global south perspective? How does craft generate collaboration, engage communities, and activate resistance? How can craft disrupt and/or reinforce divisions and hierarchies of labor? How do artists address the politics implicit in the distinctive histories and properties of their chosen materials?
The conference will take place April 12-13 (Friday-Saturday) 2018 at BolivarArt Gallery at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. The keynote, which will take place on Friday morning(April 12th at 9am), will be delivered by Jenni Sorkin Associate Professor of Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara. It will be followed by two full days of panels.
Symposium Organizing Committee:
Becky Alley, Director of the Bolivar Art Gallery
Crystal Gregory, Assistant Professor of Studio Art
Miriam Kienle, Assistant Professor of Art History
Rae Goodwin, Associate Professor of Studio Art & Director of Foundations
The symposium is sponsored by the School of Art & Visual Studies (SA/VS) and The College of Fine Arts (CFA) at the University of Kentucky, as well as the Kentucky Chapter of The Feminist Art Project (TFAP).
Photo credit: Becky Alley, Freedom Cairn (2017) 204 felted stone, white flag 24" x 36" x 24". A memorial to journalists killed reporting the war in Iraq since 2003-2010. Unmended (2010-2016) 320 needles, red yarn, 11” x 68” x 12”. A war memorial to allied soldiers killed in Iraq since 2003.