1970s Feminist Body Art

artists, Jessica Harrison

When thinking along the lines of altering the female body for artistic subversion, a whole range of feminist artistic practices come to mind, particularly those of female artists creating body art during the height of second wave feminism.

Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Glass on Body Imprints–face), 1972

© Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, Courtesy Galerie LeLong

Hannah Wilke, S.O.S Starification Object Series, 1974-82


© 2017 Marsie, Emanuelle, Damon and Andrew Scharlatt – Hannah Wilke Collection and Archive, Los Angeles

Carolee Schneemann, Body Collage, 1967 (16 mm film on video)

Image result for carolee schneemann body collage

Credit: the artist/Electronic Arts Intermix

Martha Wilson, I Make Up the Image of My Perfection/ I Make Up the Image of My Deformity2009

© 2017 Martha Wilson


For a more information on these examples of body art and other feminist art practices, see The Photographer’s Gallery exhibition: Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s: http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/feminist-avant-garde-of-the-1970s



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