WAA.014 B

MONUMENTS FOR RENT Elisabeth Wilson/Lisa Tickner/ Sharon McDonald/ Ludmila Jordanova/ Marina Warner/ Ruth Padel; ICA, London; 08/2/86

During this latter half of the question and discussion period, the issue of creation, dissemination and mediation of the female forms through the use of fashion, is explored. An analytical approach is taken when describing the role of fashion in self production, in history, arguing that fashion is not only imposed on women by men, but that women also take an active role in utilizing the ambiguous material of fashion, to construct as sense of self. There is an introduction to the Suffragette March of the 21st of May 1914. The discussion then returns to the subject of hysteria in women and how hysteria has come to be known as a militant tool of war. The possibilities and limitations on public use of female form by men and women are discussed in association with the Suffragette movement, strongly referencing anti-Suffragette images and campaigns which depicted the Suffragettes as spinster women who destroy and manipulate familial politics. This produced antagonism within so called 'womanhood', where there was a divergence of opinion regarding not only civil rights, but the definition of 'femininity'.


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Accession No. WAA.014 B
Artist: MONUMENTS FOR RENT Elisabeth Wilson/Lisa Tickner/ Sharon McDonald/ Ludmila Jordanova/ Marina Warner/ Ruth Padel
Container annotation: E. Wilson, Lisa Tickner, Cont. Dressing the body / Suffragette movement
Place/Year: ICA, London 08/2/86
Type: Conference
Technical aspects:
Duration: 90'
Tape capacity: 90
Tape brand: Maxell