Archiving the Feminist Experience: Exhibition
August 20th – August 24th
310 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AG
The Feminist Library is collaborating with a range of feminist artists that have taken inspiration from its archives – the biggest independent collection of feminist literature in London and one of the biggest in the UK, its origins dating back to 1975, the height of the Second Wave of the women’s movement.
Based on the work of the Library, the literature within it, and the issues explored by the feminist movement, a former volunteers has developed a unique, feminist system of classification for the archive in a way that the exhibition aims to reflect. As opposed to the referencing found in most other libraries where the broad spectrum of women’s issues and literature is compiled into one ‘Women’ section, the Feminist Library classification system represents and reflects the diverse issues within this sphere, from politics to art and history.
In the same vein as the Library’s work, the exhibition explores women’s issues and feminisms from the unique perspectives of the artists, representing individual / political issues, such as race, identity and overcoming abuse, and relating these to the female experience more broadly – reflecting the ‘personal is political’ approach of the Second Wave. The theme of the exhibition focuses on the female perspective and experience and the different ways in which the artists have chosen to record it. Using the referencing framework to curate the different subjects within the exhibition, it also represents the work of the Library as it too, reflects the range of female experience, archiving and recording the lives of both individual women and feminist groups, thus supporting, recording and contributing to the feminist movement.
Among the broad, diverse range of work submitted by talented artists, there is a dress made up of quotes from key feminist writers by Georgina Habgood, traditional painted pieces by artists Daiane Madeiro and Olivia Hancock, and collages created by Shannon Bono and former Feminist Library volunteer, Lorna Harrington, and more.