WAA.016

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

The first paper explores the various symbols used throughout art history to represent female genitalia, from shells, to flowers, and butterflies. One can argue that these symbols don't rupture the patriarchal view of women as interchangeable with nature, therefore can be easily co-opted.

Judy Chicago's The Dinner Table includes many depictions of the vagina, as a primal and universal cipher. An audience discussion follows.

The second paper discusses the depiction of women's bodies through medical science. How do these images circulate in the public domain? There is a clear taboo concerning details of female health which forces the subject into associations with violence and subject to abuse. These attitudes are deeply rooted in society and are traced back to art historical evidence of the nineteenth century.


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Accession No. WAA.016
Artist: MONUMENTS FOR RENT Elisabeth Wilson/Lisa Tickner/ Sharon McDonald/ Ludmila Jordanova/ Marina Warner/ Ruth Padel
Container annotation: SIDE A: Sharon McDonald continued; SIDE B: Elis. Wilson; Ludmila Jordanova
Place/Year: ICA, London 8/2/86
Type: Conference
Technical aspects:
Duration: 90'
Tape capacity: 90
Tape brand: Sony