WAA.015

MONUMENTS FOR RENT Elisabeth Wilson/Lisa Tickner/ Sharon McDonald/ Ludmila Jordanova/ Marina Warner/ Ruth Padel; ICA, London; 8/2/86

This segment of the conference examines two issues: Britain and its historical relationship to monarchism, in particular its placement of the matron Boudicca in British conscience, and the (re) perception of the female sexual organ.

The question of why female monarchs are highly esteemed in Britain, and why they occupy such as key position in British patriotism, is addressed through a specific cultural examination of Boudicca. Through understanding the historical development of Boudicca, one will also discover, in alliance, the British attitude towards women. What is taken in account through this refuting argument is the unveiling of differences between two perceptions of Boudicca; on one hand Cornelius Tacitus and on the other Dio Cassius. The womanly quality in Tacitus' description of Boudicca is emphasized through her highly prized feminine characteristics including chastity, virginity and her appearance as an honourable mother. However, Cassius focuses on transfiguring or sexually mutating the figure of Boudicca. By negating the female attributes mentioned by Tacitus, Cassius presents an almost transgender heroic image which suits the patriarchal framework. The discussion is then directed towards revisiting the notion of the female sexual organ in patriarchal society. Visual art is discussed as a medium or a tool, utilized by feminist artists and film makers, here notably Judy Chicago and Hannah Wilke.


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Accession No. WAA.015
Artist: MONUMENTS FOR RENT Elisabeth Wilson/Lisa Tickner/ Sharon McDonald/ Ludmila Jordanova/ Marina Warner/ Ruth Padel
Container annotation: SIDE A: Sharon McDonald; Bodecea, the symbol of vagina
Place/Year: ICA, London 8/2/86
Type: Conference
Technical aspects: SIDE A only
Duration: 45'
Tape capacity: 90
Tape brand: Sony