Within the ranks of the global feminist movement, art has played an important part in structuring and developing a critical discourse which has shattered the fundamental inequalities between women and men. Initially focused on claims for judicial regulation and political rights for white, heterosexual women, the feminist discourse – or to put it more accurately, some radical feminist positions – also focuses on sexual and gender minorities. The need to question the state-endorsed heteronormativity joined forces with the freedom from the patriarchal logic and sexism: “Until all of us are free, all of us are prisoners” is the premise for practices deriving from the sphere of queer, anti-racist and anti-transphobic feminist discourses.
Alongside feminism, sexual revolution and LGBT activism (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) become important stakes in achieving equality in contemporary societies.
Issue #6 of Gazeta de Artă Politică aims to investigate artistic projects and theoretical reflections which make visible the following:
– Marginal discourses on sexual orientation and gender identity, approached from a perspective which is critical of mainstream heteronormative discourse;
– A critique of consumerist public representations which privilege a hyper-sexualized image of a “woman-accessory”, visible only if she is manifestly sexual;
– Groups oppressed due to exhibiting sexual habits different from the behavioral norm imposed by Christian morals and coercive social rules;
– The rights of sexual and gender minorities.
If part of neoliberal feminism has entered the mainstream, radical and queer feminism remains marginal both in society and the art scene.
Issue #6 of Gazeta de Artă Politică – Art Gender and Sexuality – aims to scrutinize cultural and artistic projects, queer feminist discourses and emancipatory perspectives on sexuality and gender identity. We welcome your reviews, essays, analyses or interviews on this theme. They will be published in the website of the Gazeta.