Woman Up! is a series of Podcasts devised by Desperate Artwives in collaboration with Artist Susan Merrick and in association with the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmith’s College.Driven by the many inspiring women and stories we come across over the last 8 years of feminist practice we realised that we wanted to hear more from some of these amazing group so we gathered women from all walks of life who inspired us, influenced us and activated our practice as artists and curators but above all as humans.We speak with women artists, mothers and academics, writers and activists, midwives, carers and more. Those hoping to inspire, or those being inspired. Those challenging ideas and ideals, questioning assumptions and provoking social change. And maybe those who just have something important to share. We will have conversations about lived experiences, about achievements and inspirations and we will share stories as well as campaigns and awareness.We are choosing to talk to Women* because So much of women’s experience around the world is hidden, silenced, not documented or minimised. This isn’t a podcast for only women to listen to, but it IS a podcast about women and women’s lives.Join us.We would like to say a special thank you to:Althea Greenan and The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths College for providing us space and equipment to record as well as support for the project;Rosemary Schonfeld and OVA for the use of their track Early in the Evening, and to the Women’s Liberation Music Archive for storing such inspirational music that we can then find!Mike Dignam for remixing the track for us beautifully and last but definetly not least Francesca Mattia for her generous funding of the project.*Including Trans Women ’trans women ought to be included in the feminist coalition because we share some experiences of misogyny with cis women, because we share liberatory goals with feminism, and because our exclusion makes feminism weaker’ Alyson Escalante
Woman Up! Series 3 Episode 9 - Leni Dothan 'Breaching the Contract'
Leni Dothan is an Israeli-born artist, architect and researcher based in London, dealing with the overlooked representations of women – especially mothers – in art history and contemporary culture. Through the prism of a mother to a boy, a foreigner in the West, she creates sculptures, photographs, videos and installations that suggest new narratives other than the perfect and ideal mother-and-child relationship. Dothan completed her MFA and PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Leni also works collaboratively with scientists to raise awareness on eco-political subjects and environmental issues. Dothan presents her work around the world in galleries and museums and she is represented by MTArt Agency.
Leni has also shown her work 'Mine'(2012) and 'Double'(2015) at the Desperate Artwives 'The M Word' exhibition at One Paved Court gallery in 2019.
Woman Up! Series 3 Episode 8 - Lauren Craig 'Social Media Shyness and Cultural Futurism'
Lauren Craig (She/her/hers) is a social-media shy, internet-curious cultural futurist based in London. Her practice draws on her experiences as an artist, curator, researcher, birth/death doula and celebrant. She has founded and directed five creative organisations with a background in ethical, social and environmental entrepreneurship and reproductive justice.
Her practice moves with slow depth between performance, installation, art writing, moving image and photography. Through archival socialisation, she elevates lived experience as a tool for reframing past and present underexposed narratives. Through collaborative live engagement Craig invites us to presence conditions for ethical cultural memory.
Craig's current project Rendering Experience takes a revisionist approach to Maud Sulter's book Passion: Discourses on Blackwomen's Creativity (1990), investigating the art historical legacy, impact and potential curatorial futures inspired by this formative yet overlooked text. Passion has featured in previously co-curated exhibitions The Rita Keegan Archive (Project) (RKAP) at South London Gallery, (2020) Show and Tell, The Women's art Library (2015). Forthcoming works, publications and events include collaborations with Feminist Review, Photofusion, Eastside Projects, The Womens' Art Library and Arts Catalyst.
She is a member of RKAP, a social history and curatorial collective whose activities include the publication Mirror Reflecting Darkly, MIT Press and Goldsmiths May 2021 and exhibition Between There and Here at South London Gallery in September 2021 and.
She has an MA in Enterprise and Management for Creative Arts from the University of the Arts London. Craig will continue her practice-based research as part of Syllabus VI 2020/21 and the Royal College of Art 2021/22.
1) Lauren mentions the British Art Network initially (around the 13:17min mark and again at 19:07min), but then referred to them ongoing as British Artwork, rather than the complete title British Art Network.
2) At 13:07 and 13:36 when Lauren mentions "Women's Work Project", she meant to say "Group Work in the Women's Art Library"
Woman Up! Series 3 Episode 7: Felicity Allen - The Disoeuvre
Felicity Allen is a British artist and writer who makes paintings, books and films, often collaboratively. Her current work is mainly focussed on two durational projects. For one she is developing her concept of the Disoeuvre (as a feminist alternative to conventional ideas of an artist’s oeuvre); for the other she produces series of Dialogic Portraits. She has just completed her most recent Dialogic Portraits project, including her film Figure to Ground: a site losing its system (trailer: https://vimeo.com/527359904), with the cross-disciplinary research project People Like You: Contemporary Figures of Personalisation https://peoplelikeyou.ac.uk/ .
Her current work on the Disoeuvre involves a study group with the Women’s Art Library archive at Goldsmiths. She outlined the concept in her PhD (2016), since when she has made a film and a series of prints, as well as the artists book The Disoeuvre: an Argument in 4 Voices (WASL Table); 6:27, (Ma Bibliothèque, 2019).
She continues to work with the literary, activist, walking organisation Refugee Tales https://www.refugeetales.org/ , for whom she made Dialogic Portraits postcards last summer when Lockdown made mass walking impossible. Recent exhibitions of her work have been at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; x-hibit, Vienna; and Resort, Margate.
For most of her working life Felicity has been involved in informal and higher education and, having run the education department at Tate Britain, published a series of articles on gallery education, and edited the Whitechapel/MIT Documents of Contemporary of Art book Education (2012). For more info see www.felicityallen.co.uk
Her photographic work, Baby II, is currently on show in the Ikon Gallery’s exhibition A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s.
Woman Up! Series 3 Episode 6 TAKEOVER'Stopping the F*****g Wheel' - Desperate Artwives takeover The Missing Mother Conference
Desperate Artwives Woman Up! podcast takeover Stopping the F*****g Wheel.Original broadcasted live at the Missing Mother conference (University of Bolton, UK) on Friday 23rd April 2021.Missing Mother conference in collaboration with Desperate Artwives present a special ‘takeover’ woman up! episode in the form of a semi structured panel talk discussion focused on the development and continued need for women led platforms and organizations supporting artists who are also mothers and carers over the past 10 years.Panellists: Martina Mullaney (Enemies of Good Art), Amy Dignam (Desperate Artwives), Paula McCloskey (A placeSEE DETAILS
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Woman Up! Special Series 3 Episode 5 ‘An urgent response’ - Shira Richter: 'The conflict in the middle east, a Mothernist perspective'
Woman Up! Special Episode ‘An Urgent Response’Shira Richter – ‘The Conflict in the Middle East, a Mothernist Perspective’Due to the current terrorising and violent situation in the middle east we have decided to make an urgent response woman up episode and offered Shira Richter, old time friend, colleague, supporter and also collaborator of our project, a safe space to talk openly about everyday life in Israel right now, as she experiences it. A life under both external and internal violence, a life of being hyper-vigilant and of being on edgeSEE DETAILS
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Woman Up! Series 3 Episode 4 Megan Wynne 'The Body as a Site for Mothering and Art'
Woman Up! Series 3, episode 4. Megan Wynne – ‘The Body as a Site for Mothering and Art’Megan Wynne is a conceptual artist based in Chesapeake, Virginia who investigates of maternal mental health, ambivalence, the shifting power dynamic of the mother-child relationship, and prevailing notions of what embodies a “good” mother.Using her body as a site to explore the innate interdependence and vulnerability of mother and child, her process involves the act of relinquishing control in experimental collaborative per- formative scenarios with her three children. These ideas are expressed in often-convergingSEE DETAILS
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