This seminar seeks to contribute to the discussion begun by the exhibition Feminist Genealogies in Spanish Art: 1960-2010 (MUSAC, León, 24 June 2012 - 23 February 2013). This exhibition, curated by Juan Vicente Aliaga and Patricia Mayayo, highlights the role of discourses concerning gender and sexual identities in contemporary Spanish art, a topic traditionally ignored by historiography. The project, in parallel with the successive rearrangements of the Museum's Collection, proposes a rereading of recent art history in Spain, with different eyes and from a different perspective, recovering the work of many female artists who have been unfairly disdained.
Friday February 22. Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid
10:00 a.m. Presentation
10:15 a.m. Feminisms in the historiography of Spanish art
At the first round table, participants review the place assigned to feminist discourses in the historiography of Spanish art, debate the positions adopted in the organisation of different exhibitions and reflect on the suitability of the Anglo-Saxon categories for analysing the situation in Spain.
Moderated by: Jesús Carrillo
Participants: Juan Vicente Aliaga, Assumpta Bassas, Patricia Mayayo and Isabel Tejeda
11:15 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. Feminisms in the narrations of museums and art centres
This block looks into the role played by museums in the study of feminist art practices. How have the great museums contributed to this historiographical inattention? How are gender discourses integrated into the permanent collections of art centres?
Moderated by: Agustín Pérez Rubio
Participants: Margarita Aizpuru, Xabier Araskistain, Olga Fernández and Laurence Rassel
4:00 p.m. Feminisms, cultural production, activisms: another way of seeing the 1970s in Spain
This round table revisits a central period in the feminist struggle in Spain, the transition to democracy following Franco's death. Artists and feminist activists who experienced those years first hand analyse the confluence between artistic practices and activism and take stock of the contributions made by feminism to the social and artistic movements arising during that period.
Moderated by: Juan Vicente Aliaga
Participants: Justa Montero, Empar Pineda, Elsa Plaza Müller and Paloma Uría
5:00 p.m. Break
5:30 p.m. Tatiana Sentamans. Transfeminist networks and Spain's new politics of sexual representation
In this lecture the speaker analyses the recent appearance of a series of artistic and activist practices that, through the rejection of sexual binarism and the essentialist approaches, propose an imaginative and provocative use of performance and new technologies, serving as a salutary shock to the tamer discourses used by institutional feminism.
Saturday. 23 February MUSAC, León
8:30 a.m. Bus Madrid-León* (see participation conditions)
12:30 p.m. María José Belbel. Subcultural resistance and gender dissidence during the "movida"
In this lecture, María José Belbel suggests that although official discourse claims that art was depoliticised during the "movida" (the artistic and socio-cultural awakening that took place upon the transition to democracy), in fact new forms of resistance took root during the 1980s. In contrast with the image of the "movida" as a particular Madrid "brand" or as the symptom of post-modern banality, Belbel underscores the elements of subcultural resistance and gender dissidence that were part of this cultural phenomenon.
1:30 p.m. The 1990s: ¿institutionalisation or new feminisms?
The participants discuss the two phenomena that took place simultaneously in the 1990s: on the one hand, the increased institutional presence of a kind of "state feminism" that had begun in the preceding decade; and on the other hand, the configuration of "new feminisms" - far from the official sphere - arising from the movements associated with squatters' groups, lesbian organisations, transsexual collectives and anti-military activists, which brought the notion of "autonomy" back into the public sphere.
Moderated by: Patricia Mayayo
Participants: Silvia L. Gil, Ana Navarrete and Alicia Puleo
4:30 p.m. Feminist activism, art education and collaborative practices
This final round table examines the confluence of feminist activism, art education and collective creation. The issues addressed, among others, include the results of the project "Container of feminisms" (Anxela Caramés, Carme Nogueira and Uqui Permui, 2009), a project that has been reactivated among feminist groups in the city of León on the occasion of this seminar.
Moderated by: Belén Sola
Participants: Container of feminisms León, Colektivof (Eva Garrido and Yera Moreno) and Susana Rioseras
6:00 p.m. Guided visit with the curators of the exhibition Feminist genealogies in Spanish art: 1960-2010
7:30 p.m. Return bus León-Madrid* (see participation conditions)
MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León) and Museo Reina Sofía
Admission: free of charge in both locations. Capacity is limited.
Registration: only necessary for the session on the 23rd of February at MUSAC: http://www.musac.es/
Transfer: (NO places available) A bus will be chartered by Museo Reina Sofía for people interested in travelling from Madrid to León and back in order to attend the second day of the seminar (February 23). Please register in advance and reserve a seat on the bus to León: firstname.lastname@example.org (limited number of participants)
February 22: www.livestream.com/museoreinasofia
February 23: www.musac.es