Feminism as a movement is always changing and evolving. Feminists in your mother’s day were championing for different causes than feminists these days.
In 1980, the activist, writer and art critic Lucy R. Lippard recognized the ever-changing ideology and applied it to the art realm. She noted that feminist art is “neither a style nor a movement but instead a value system, a revolutionary strategy, a way of life.”
Inspired by that quote and wanting to curate a show based around local feminist art, Kaviar Forge & Gallery Manager Kayla Bischoff decided to partner with the Kentucky Foundation for Women and, more specifically, its Artist Enrichment grant recipients for an exhibition.
“Feminist Expressions” opens Friday, Nov. 30, and features 18 artists and more than 20 pieces of provocative, serious and irreverent artwork.
The Artist Enrichment grants provide opportunities for feminist artists and arts organizations to further their artistic development to create art for positive social change. Nearly $100,000 is given each year to selected artists.
When Bischoff reached out to the foundation and grant recipients, she tells Insider Louisville they were excited by the opportunity and more than willing to join the effort.
“They were incredibly helpful liaisons,” she says. “I’m happy to be raising awareness for the organization while showing such a diverse selection of work by feminist artists from all over Kentucky.”
The exhibit features a wide array of styles and mediums. Artist Dijana Muminovic added a stunning photograph to the show titled “Bosnian Muslims in Bowling Green, KY,” which tells the stories of Bosnian women and their search for separated loved ones.
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