Friday, February 12, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00pm (EST) Live on Zoom
Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 12:30 – 5:30pm (EST) Live on Zoom
The Feminist Art Project’s Day(s) of Panels at the College Art Association Conference 2021
Free and open to the public.
Tatiana Flores, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Ana María Reyes, Boston University; Laura Anderson Barbata, FONCA, México and LACIS, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Eileen Crist critiques the use of the term Anthropocene to characterize our current era, referring to its foregrounding of Man as “a Promethean self-portrait [of] a genius if unruly species.” Feminist theory upends this heroic Western masculinist discourse along with other hegemonic forms of knowledge production. The Feminist Art Project’s 2021 Day(s) of Panels on Ecofeminisms joins this effort, exploring the intersection between feminism, the visual arts, and the environment. We bring together artists, curators, scholars, activists, and thinkers to help us make sense of the fraught relationship between contemporary humans and the earth and to ponder ways forward for the sake of our planet and the life it sustains.
As feminist scholars ranging from Val Plumwood to Sylvia Wynter have demonstrated, the long history of colonialist patriarchy has treated women, Indigenous people, and nature as resources available for subjugation and extraction. The struggle for gender, Indigenous, and ecological rights are therefore closely linked. Environmental activism is at least as old as European imperialism, arising in relation to its accompanying white “possessive logics,” to use terminology coined by Australian Indigenous scholar Aileen Moreton-Robinson. Stacy Alaimo critiques environmental efforts that cloak asymmetrical power relations: “Moving from the small-scale history of conservation movements to the vast scale of the proposed geologic epoch of the Anthropocene renders the homo sapiens and the planet more abstract, obscuring even the most entrenched systems of oppression.” Feminist inquiry complicates the human-nature binary that the Anthropocene enacts by turning to relational ontologies, interspecies relations, and more-than-human worlds, emphasizing the interconnectedness of all living beings and calling for an aesthetics of immersion and entanglement.
In shifting discourse away from the human-centered Anthropocene, Donna Haraway proposes the Chthulucene, which “is made up of ongoing multispecies stories and practices of becoming-with in times that remain at stake, in precarious times, in which the world is not finished and the sky has not fallen—yet.” In this day of panels, we look to feminist art for answers, and hope. At this excruciating time in our history, it is not only more important than ever to address these topics, but also to recognize the women who have been doing this work all along. Their example will help us envision and co-create new futures.
Schedule – Friday, February 12, 2021 (Live on Zoom)
TFAP Ecofeminisms, part 1 – Environmental Activism
5:00 – 6:30pm (EST)
Opening with introductory remarks, this panel explores the intersection of art and environmental activism from a gendered perspective.
Alicia Grullón, CUNY and School of Visual Arts – Notes from an Artist: From Climate Change to Pandemic in the Bronx
Monika Fabijanska, Independent Art Historian and Curator – The Evolution of Ecofeminism(s)
Diane Burko, Independent Artist – My 50 Year Journey from Feminist Activist to Environmental Activist: From Observer to Investigator to Communicator
TFAP Ecofeminisms, part 2 – Climate Change
6:30 – 8:00pm (EST)
This panel focuses on climate activism through art, curation, and scholarship. Keynote by Elizabeth DeLoughrey.
Anuradha Vikram, University of California, Los Angeles – Feminism Beyond Humanism: Artists Bridging Gender and Ecology in the Chthulucene
micha cárdenas, University of California, Santa Cruz – The Poetics of Trans Ecologies
Elizabeth DeLoughrey (keynote), University of California, Los Angeles – (Blue) Ocean Being: Caribbean Arts and Embodiment
Schedule – Saturday, February 13, 2021 (Live on Zoom)
TFAP Ecofeminisms, part 3 – Landscapes
12:30 – 2:00pm (EST)
Opening with introductory remarks, this panel addresses feminist approaches to the representation of nature in contemporary art.
Nicole Awai, University of Texas at Austin – Oozing Between: Transgressive Material Realities
Lilian Garcia-Roig, Florida State University – Cumulative Nature: Sight on Site
María Elena González, San Francisco Art Institute – The Power of a Simple Gesture – Tree Talk
TFAP Ecofeminisms, part 4 – Waterways
2:00 – 3:30pm (EST)
This panel focuses on water as a subject of ecofeminist critique in art and scholarship.
Gina Tarver, Texas State University – Testing the Waters: Alicia Barney’s Río Cauca, 1981–82
Deborah Jack, New Jersey City University – Intertidal Imaginaries: The Resistant Geographies of the Shore (coast) in the Aftermath of Saltwater (storm surges)
Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Vassar College – Nereids, Naiads, Seaweed: Ecofeminism in the Ecotone in Caribbean Art
Nadia Huggins, Independent Artist – Bodies Under Water: The Sea as a Democratic Space
TFAP Ecofeminisms, part 5 – Decolonial Ecologies
4:00 – 5:30pm (EST)
This panel foregrounds indigenous ecologies, land rights, and extractivism. Closing keynote by Cecilia Vicuña.
Jolene Rickard, Cornell University – Indigenous Gendered Power Structures and Feminism
Macarena Gómez-Barris, Pratt Institute – Edging Closer: Beyond the Colonial Anthropocene
Cecilia Vicuña (closing keynote), Independent Artist – An Ancient Silence Waiting to be Heard