1. Genealogies

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WORKS IN THE HALL  | DOCUMENTATION As the feminist writer Virginia Woolf stressed in a well known essay from 1929, A Room of One’s Own, official history has erased or disdained the contribution of women, to such an extent that … Continue reading

2. Bodies: Disciplines and Pleasures

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WORKS IN THE HALL | DOCUMENTATION Since the beginning of the feminist movement and theory the body has been a battlefield. The body is the material and physical, structure that enables individuals to live and experience the world, and particularly sexuality. … Continue reading

4. The “Others” in History

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WORKS IN THE HALL | DOCUMENTATION Conceived as a pantheon of “great men”, official history has traditionally conceded little importance to women (or to other sexual minorities assimilated into “the feminine”). As the works in this room reflect, women’s contribution to … Continue reading

5. Collective Struggles

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WORKS IN THE HALL | DOCUMENTATION Rebellion against the patriarchal order has taken on many forms over time. Undoubtedly, individual awareness of sexist oppression is important so that personal liberating initiatives can be taken, but it is in the realm of … Continue reading

6. The Tyranny of Beauty

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WORKS IN THE HALL | DOCUMENTATION The fact that women have the misfortune of being pretty, or of wanting to seem pretty without being so, has been one of the most effective means of controlling their bodies and lives. The imposition … Continue reading

7. Masquerades/Performativity/Autofiction

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WORKS IN THE HALL | DOCUMENTATION In the rich tradition of feminist thought different disciplines have converged: criticism of the media, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, queer theory and so on. Based on these varied theoretical assumptions, since the 1960s and 70s feminism has … Continue reading

8. The Broken Woman: Violence and Patriarchy

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WORKS IN THE HALL | DOCUMENTATION Since the late 1960s, gender violence has become a central issue in the feminist political agenda and art practices. The virulence and universality of the phenomenon (battered women, organized rapes in armed conflicts, sexualization of … Continue reading

9. The Thread of Life: Care and Mothering

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WORKS IN THE HALL | DOCUMENTATION Destined “by nature” to maternity, women have historically been defined as “being-for-others” as opposed to “being-for-oneself” that is characteristic of males. In Spain, which was shaped by Catholic heritage and Francoist traditionalism, there was the … Continue reading

11. Transfeminisms

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WORKS IN THE HALL | DOCUMENTATION In June 2003, on the occasion of the post-porn Marathon orchestrated by the queer theorist Beatriz Preciado at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, there is a convergence of myriad groups and individuals. Their … Continue reading