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Sarah Lucas’ Happy Gas is An Unapologetic Look at Womanhood

The 1990s served as a turning point for many female creatives due to the rise of the DIY and Riot grrrl culture across the US and UK. Alternative media outlets such as zines and unconventional art forms allowed women to express their thoughts regarding various political and socio-economic issues. 

One of the most prominent artists to emerge from this time was Sarah Lucas, a London-based artist who gained recognition for her work during the Young British Artists movement of the late 1980s.read more.

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Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley Challenges Video Game Audiences

I had the opportunity to see Chicago-based exhibition space Wrightwood 659’s Difference Machines: Technology and Identity in Contemporary Art that showcases the work of 17 contemporary artists about technology and art. One of the pieces that particularly hit me was Artistic Technologist (or TechNerd) Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s video game piece WE ARE HERE BECAUSE OF THOSE THAT ARE NOT (2020). read more.

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Je’Vida Marks First Feature Film in the Skolt Sámi Language

An aunt and niece duo reunite at a house they inherited only to explore the aging woman’s past of assimilation in a post-war Finland. Such is the synopsis of Katja Gauriloff’s 2023 film, Je’Vida. Chosen as an Official Selection at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival, this black and white picture marks the first feature film in the Skolt Sámi language.read more.

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Faith Ringgold and Her Pop Art-Style Political Posters

Art and politics can be a mixed bag. Art with political messages can be truly powerful and may inspire change. And it can be derided as mere propaganda. I’m inclined to agree with George Orwell’s famous quotation “all art is propaganda.” It’s just a matter of how overt the political message is (and absence of political ideas is also a political choice).read more.

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Marina Abramović and the Height of Performance Art

The hits ring out across multiple floors of the Southbank Centre’s back hallways before going quiet for a long, tense moments of silence. It isn’t until the crowd thins that one can see, around the corner, the man in an all-black combat outfit with his face disguised by a black ski mask. Holding a dark police baton, he drags the instrument across the white walls, leaving a trail of rubber marks in his wake.read more.

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Nancy Savoca’s Household Saints: Once Lost, Now Found

Last Friday, January 12, some FF2 members and I attended a screening of 1993’s Household Saints at the IFC Center. The film was followed by a Q&A with director Nancy Savoca and producer Rich Guay, who spoke about everything from behind-the-scenes anecdotes to their fight to reclaim their own “missing” movie.read more.

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