Fast Forward! Women in European Art, 1970-Present

The research project Feminist Emergency: Women Artists in Denmark, 1900-1960 at the University of Copenhagen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and European Postwar and Contemporary Art Forum invite art historians, curators, critics, and artists to propose papers for a two-day exchange of research, dialogue, and debate. Fast Forward! will take up the topic of gender and feminism in European art, from the 1970s to the present, with a special focus on the Nordic countries. Confirmed keynotes include Amelia Jones, Maura Reilly, and Angela Dimitrakaki, with more to follow.

Despite the liberal reputation of the Nordic countries, the feminist revolution did not remap the art world in this context: women remain grossly underrepresented in museum collections, exhibitions, and historical studies, and feminism has tended to be taken for granted as an already completed historical project. If feminism remains an unfinished undertaking in a region known as a bastion of gender equity, then what of the rest of Europe? Today feminist art, curation, and theory are at a crossroads that demands new approaches and visions.

The conference will be held at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the exhibition Pia Arke (15 July 2021 – 2 February 2022) – a comprehensive critical reckoning with the visionary oeuvre of the Greenlandic-Danish artist. Louisiana has over the past years dedicated a range of large-scale exhibitions to women artists from the period covered by the conference, many of which have become represented in the museum’s permanent collection.

The program will combine keynote lectures and panel discussions, academic papers, performative talks, and conversations. The research generated will be further disseminated in a peer-reviewed publication.

All talks will be filmed and uploaded on the Louisiana Research website as a video publication.

Programme (preliminary)

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Registration and coffee

Welcome: Poul Erik Tøjner (Director, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art)

Opening remarks: Kerry Greaves (University of Copenhagen)

Opening keynote: Tania Ørum (University of Copenhagen): “The Danish Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s” (Moderator: Kerry Greaves)

Session 1: HISTORICAL FEMINIST FOUNDATIONS IN DENMARK

  • Malene Vest Hansen (University of Copenhagen)
  • Birgitte Anderberg (Statens Museum for Kunst)
  • Screening of The Executioner
  • Ursula Reuter Christiansen (artist) in conversation with Mai Dengsøe (curator)
  • Q&A

Lunch in Bådehuset + exhibition tours

Session 2: PIA ARKE & NORDIC COLONIALISM

  • Anders Kold (Louisiana) in conversation with Kuratorisk Aktion (independent curators)
  • Line Ellegaard (University of Copenhagen): “How to Practice Listening: Kuratorisk Aktion and Transnational Feminist Solidarity”
  • Nina Cramer and Aaiún Nin in conversation (University of Copenhagen): “Mobilizing Abstraction”
  • Jessie Kleemann (artist)
  • Q&A (Moderator: Mathias Danbolt)

Coffee break

Session 3: NEW, ALTER HISTORIES

  • Sofia Gotti (University of Cambridge): “Rebel Archives: An Experiment in Institutionalization”
  • Zsofi Valyi-Nagy (University of Chicago): “Herstory or Mine? Writing Feminist Histories of Art with Self-Mythologies in Mind”
  • Ahu Antmen (Sabancı University): “Discovering Feminism and Contemporaneity in Turkish Art of the 1970s”
  • Laura Bruni (Tate): Eco-feminism: “Feminist Futures? Feminism and European Art in the UK”
  • Q&A (Moderator: Jenevive Nykolak)

Leg stretch break

Keynote: Maura Reilly (Arizona State University)

Exhibition visits/tours

Conference dinner in Bådehuset for speakers

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Registration and coffee

Keynote: Angela Dimitrakaki (University of Edinburgh)

Session 4: MIGRATION, POLITICS, AND ACTIVISM

  • Anne Ring Petersen (University of Copenhagen): “Feminist Transversal Politics through Art in Public Space: Notes on Three Future-Oriented Art Projects in Copenhagen”
  • Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld (artist and independent researcher)
  • Kristian Handberg (University of Copenhagen): “Touring Feminist Realism in Actually Existing Socialism – Following Dea Trier Mørch across the Iron Curtain”
  • Jane Jin Kaisen (artist, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts)
  • Q&A

Lunch in Bådehuset + exhibition tours

Session 5: FEMINIST CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS & (IN)VISIBILITY

  • Carola Grahn (artist): A Reading from The Journey
  • Amy Tobin (University of Cambridge): “Speaking Bitterness, or How to Raise Feminist Consciousness”
  • Mathias Danbolt (University of Copenhagen) in conversation with Henriette Heise (artist): “The Politics of Invisibility”
  • Liisa-Rávná Finbog (artist): “The Silencing of Sámi Women and their Objects of Knowledge”
  • Q&A (Moderator: Jenevive Nykolak)

Coffee Break

Session 6: FEMINISM & INTER/MEDIA EXPERIMENTS

  • Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen and Sigrun Åsebø: (Norwegian University of Science of Technology & University of Bergen): “To Know the Future is to Know the Past. The Re-Invention of Textile Art in Norwegian Feminist Art of the 1970s”
  • Marika Kuźmicz (Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw): "Forgotten Herstory of Fragile Medium: Video Women Artists in Early Years"
  • Caitlin Woolsey(Williams College): “‘It’s so touchy’: Christina Kubisch and the Sound of Emergency c. 1975”
  • Janna Schoenberger (Amsterdam University College): “Dolle Mina: Reimagining Ludic Art as Feminist Activism
  • Q&A (Moderator: Birgitte Thorsen Vilslev)

Leg stretch break

Keynote: Amelia Jones (University of Southern California) (Moderator: Kerry Greaves)

Brief closing remarks: Kerry Greaves (University of Copenhagen)

Drinks and curatorial tour of After the Silence, Women of Art Speak Out with Birgitte Anderberg at Statens Museum for Kunst (for speakers)