This book examines contemporary feminist visual activism(s) through the lens of embodiment(s). The contributors explore how the arts articulate and engage with the current sense of crisis and political concerns (e.g. equality, decolonisation, social justice, democracy, precarity, vulnerability), negotiated with and through the body.

Drawing upon the legacy of feminist art historical critique, the book scrutinises activist strategies, practices and resilience techniques in intersectional and transnational frameworks. It interrogates how the arts enable the creation of civil and political resilience, become engaged with politics as a response to disaster capitalism and attempt to reform and improve society.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, visual culture, fine arts, women’s studies, gender studies, feminism and cultural studies.

chapter |13 pages


ByBasia Sliwinska

chapter 1|17 pages

Not White, Not Male, and Not New York

Race, Feminism and Artists in Pittsburgh
ByHilary Robinson

chapter 2|15 pages

Activist Intension

Mona Hatoum and Morehshin Allahyari's Disruptive Bodies
ByAstrid N. Korporaal

chapter 3|16 pages

Activating Agential Collective

Anna Baumgart's Table Talks—Her-Stories, Solidarity and Feminist Corporeal-Materialism
ByBasia Sliwinska

chapter 4|13 pages

The Absent Image

Resisting the Erosion of Public Trust in Syrian Activists' Evidential Visuality
ByMario Hamad

chapter 5|13 pages

Bodies, Sovereignties, Futurities

On Adelita Husni-Bey's Practice
ByAnastasia Murney

chapter 6|16 pages

Domestic Fronts

Arrangements for Feminist Living, or Survival Is Not a Metaphor
ByAlexandra Kokoli

chapter 8|15 pages

Folding Chair for the Feminist Resistance

Activating Feral Materiality
ByPaula Chambers

chapter 9|14 pages

When Theodorah Met Dolly

Gender and Visual Activism in Works by Senzeni Marasela
ByBrenda Schmahmann

chapter 10|15 pages


Filipina Women Artists in Israel Negotiating Self, Body and Place
ByTal Dekel

chapter 11|17 pages

Women to the Front

Women's Participation and Visual Activism in Hong Kong's Protest Movement 2019
ByEvelyn Kwok

chapter 12|16 pages


Reconfiguration 'Abducted Motherhood' in Mónica Mayer's Personal and Collective Artwork
ByKaren Cordero Reiman

chapter 13|14 pages

Corpo-Affective Politics of Anxious Breathing

On the Agential Force of Bodies and Affects in Vulnerable Protest
ByMagdalena Górska

chapter 14|14 pages

The Revolutionist

Gendered Violence, Black Radical Feminism and the Decolonial Creative Revolution
ByNomusa Makhubu

chapter 15|15 pages

Fragmented Traces. . .

The Tactile Feminist Un-Monuments of Sheila Levrant de Bretteville
ByCaroline Wallace