Curated by writer and curator Alison Gingeras, ‘Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics’ is dedicated to female artists who have worked with feminist themes since the 1960s, their work has been previously censored and not exhibited due to its strong controversial nature.
Speaking on the initiative, Gingeras noted how it will “pay homage to artists who transgressed sexual mores, gender norms and the tyranny of political correctness and were frequently the object of censorship in their day’ in addition to ‘highlighting the seminal role galleries have played in exhibiting the radical women artists who were not easily assimilated into mainstream narratives of feminist art.”
Ten galleries will partake in representing the feminist artworks. We’re said to be in the third wave of feminism where the inclusivity of feminism includes women from all economic backgrounds, races, and sexualities (unlike the 1st and 2nd waves). Gingeras explains how “these galleries often blazed a trail for museum exhibitions. Many figures in this section, such as Renate Bertlmann, Birgit Jürgenssen, Penny Slinger and Betty Tompkins, were too transgressive to be included in anthologizing museum shows, which arguably forged a consensual canon for important feminist art. The belated reception of these pioneering women has had a profound impact on many artists working today and resonate more than ever with the new feminisms that are taking shape in response to contemporary political realities.”
Frieze London will run from the 5th to the 8th October.