European Women’s Video Art (EWVA) in the 70s and 80s


Editor: Laura Leuzzi, Stephen Partridge, Elaine Shemilt, John Libbey Publishing, London
Chapter: Desire for More, Page 50 ff

24.9.2019 Presentation of the book in the Tate Modern
EWVA Tate Modern

This book is the main output of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project ‘EWVA European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s’ which focused on the under-researched area of women artists’ early video experimentation in the 1970s and 1980s within Europe. The research project consisted of the Principal Investigator, Professor Elaine Shemilt (DJCAD, University of Dundee), the Co-investigators Dr Laura Leuzzi and Professor Stephen Partridge.

Preface and Foreword from Laura Mulvey (feminist writer/filmmaker and inventor of the term ‘the male gaze’) and eminent theorist Professor Siegfried Zielinski

The book retraces some of the stories of early women artists’ video experimentation in Europe, and their achievements, and will feature chapters on some fundamental case studies of European women artists’ early video artworks to the benefit of academia and the general public. The book aims to contribute to reassess women artists’ involvement in early video art in strengthening their profiles and identities within the art historical canon.

Authors include: Jon Blackwood, Maeve Connolly, Cinzia Cremona, Sean Cubitt, Malcolm Dickson, Catherine Elwes, Slavko Kacunko, Marika Kuzmic, Laura Leuzzi, Adam Lockhart, Stephen Partridge, Lorella Scacco, Elaine Shemilt, Emile Shemilt.  The volume will include chapters on themes and trends in early women artists’ video in Europe including self-portraiture (Leuzzi), traces and the apparatus (Partridge), closed-circuit video (Kacunko), Nature/Urban (Lockhart), romance and eroticism (Cremona) and motherhood (Elwes).  Some chapters will focus on selected under-researched case studies from specific European regions including the Balkans (Blackwood), Northen Europe (Lorella Scacco), Poland (Kuzmicz)  and Ireland (Connolly).

Artists cited:
Abramovic , Marina; Ackerman, Chantal; Anderson, Laurie; Beban, Breda; Birnbaum, Dara; Borsari, Anna Valeria; Carlisle, Anne; Carnevale, Fulvia;  Chicago, Judy; Cremona, Cinzia; Crilly, Anne; Dick, Vivienne; Dragan, Nusa;  Elwes, Catherine; Fabyc, Deej; Finn-Kelcey, Rose; Fisher, Jean; Fowler, Joan; Frank Grahamsdaughter, Antonie; Freed, Hermine; Frenzel, Hanna; Goddard, Judith; González, Marisa; Gruber, Bettina; Gustowska, Izabella; Hakola, Marikki;  Harkin, Margo; Hegarty, Frances; Heske, Marianne; Hiller, Susan; Hoover, Nan; Hooykaas, Madelon; Horn, Rebecca; Ikam, Catherine; Ivekovic, Sanja; Fabyc, Deej; Fisher, Jean; Fowler, Joan; Garrard, Rose; Keane, Tina; Kelly, Mary; Krikorian, Tamara;  Kubisch, Christina; Kuchta, Klára; Les Reines Prochaines; Lindgren Cavallin, Katarina;  Marangoni, Federica; Mathis, Muda; Meynell, Katharine; Natalia LL; O’Kelly, Alanna; Olesen, Muriel; Ono, Yoko; Pane, Gina; Parker, Jane; Pezold, Friederieke; Pipilotti Rist; Rhodes, Lis; Rosenbach, Ulrike; Schouten, Lydia; Soltau, Annegret; Stansfield, Elsa; Tallentire, Anne; Urch, Marion; Vasulka, Woody & Steina; Vedder, Maria; Wennberg, Teresa.