Women in Revolt! exhibition book (paperback)

26.2 x 20.5 cm
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Linsey Young

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Women in Revolt! is a paperback book to accompany the exhibition of the same name displayed in Modern Two, from Sat 25 May 2024 - Sun 26 Jan 2025.

The book is a timely exploration of the work and lived experiences of a postwar generation of women artists that have largely been omitted from art historical narratives. Surfacing the wealth and diversity of work created in the UK during the 1970s and 80s, a period of seismic social and political change, it demonstrates, across a wide variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, film and photography, how women’s needs were marginalised within mainstream culture and reveals how these artists used radical ideas and methods to confront issues that will resonate with contemporary audiences – from access to healthcare and class struggles to ecological disaster, racism, and misogyny.

Featuring essays on feminist film distribution, the visibility of Black and South Asian women artists, Section 28 and the AIDS pandemic, Greenham Common and the peace movement, and the intersection of punk, feminism and art, Women in Revolt! celebrates the full diversity of what was a highly creative, politically engaged and determined community of women that paved the way for future generations and, ultimately, changed the face of British culture.

Edited by Linsey Young, Curator of Contemporary British Art at Tate, with text by:

Alice Correia - an art historian, she is a specialist in late twentieth-century British art, with a focus on Black and South Asian diaspora artists.

Zuzana Flaskova, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate.

Rachel Garfield, Head of Art at the University of Reading, with particular interests in lens-based media. She is also an artist and writer.

Juliet Jacques, a writer and filmmaker who co-founded and co-hosted Suite (212) on Resonance 104.4fm, which looked at the arts in their social, cultural, political and historical contexts.

Bolanle Tadjudeen, curator, educator and founder of Black Blossoms.

Amy Tobin, Curator of Contemporary Programmes at Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge and Director of Studies in History of Art and Fellow, Newnham College. She is the co-editor of The Art of Feminism (2019, Tate Publishing).