Feminist Historiography public programme

Fatehrad, Azadeh [Curator] (2016) Feminist Historiography public programme. .


“What doesn't exist is an image of the diverse forms of personal womanhood that were caught up by the movement and supported it, an image not of the programs, organizations, work, and achievements, but rather of the characteristic vital impulse from which everything emerged…” Ute Gerhard The Feminist Historiography program is based on an ongoing research project by Azadeh Fatehrad at the Royal College of Art in London. In her project, Fatehrad brings together a number of different methods, including analysing archival still and moving images, conducting field-work, and running public programmes of screenings, seminars and workshops, to explore her research further. The Feminist Historiography program reflects on three elements, such as the feminist movement in everyday life, the importance of community practice in this context and also the use of archival photographs in articulating the feminist history. The program is comprised of a seminar, performance and screening session. More particularly, The Feminist Historiography program focuses on a new stage in Fatehrad’s research by looking at different understandings of the political as well as the personal; women’s personal relations with others, the way they see themselves, their social and intellectual network, and the culture surrounding the feminist movement. The seminar elaborates on the above context by looking at Sisters of Jam project Kate Millett’s Farm reflecting on community practice, Athena Farrokhzad’s poem on politics of the domestic, and Petra Bauer’s project investigating the politics of representation through archival photographs. The seminar will finish with a performance piece by Azadeh Fatehrad. The Feminist Historiography program aims to bring together these different perspectives to create a kind of mind map to act as a platform from which further discussion can take place.

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