Clara Menéres' Woman-Earth-Life (1977) and the Politics of censorship, concealment and vandalism

Laura Castro*

*Autor correspondente para este trabalho

Resultado de pesquisarevisão de pares


The context in which works are not only produced but also received may have significant impact on the degree to which they exert influence Laura Castro speaks about the response to a work representing a goddess figure by a Portuguese feminist artist, Clara Menéres. Woman-Earth-Life, constituted from earth and plant matter, was frequently vandalised during its initial exhibition as part of the Alternativa Zero exhibition in Lisbon in 1977, and caused controversy when another version of the work was exhibited at the XIV Biennial of São Paulo, Brazil, in the same year. Opportunities were not taken up to retain the work when it was constructed for a third time in the gardens of Serralves Contemporary Art Museum in Porto in 1997. In her engagement with these iterations of the installation, Castro explores overt as well as more surreptitious forms of censorship and prejudice within the contexts of museums and exhibition spaces, revealing how these served as endeavours to suppress work deemed to be threatening and offensive to patriarchy.
Idioma originalEnglish
Título da publicação do anfitriãoIconic works of art by feminists and gender activists
Subtítulo da publicação do anfitriãomistress-pieces
EditoresLaura Castro
EditoraTaylor and Francis Inc.
Número de páginas15
ISBN (eletrónico)9781000414974
ISBN (impresso)9780367707446
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - 23 jul 2021

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