Aperture Magazine
#225, Winter 2016

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On Feminism

The winter issue of Aperture, “On Feminism,” arrives at a moment when the power and influence women hold on the world stage is irrefutable, and the very idea of gender is central to conversations about equality across the country, and around the globe. “On Feminism” focuses on intergenerational dialogues, debates, and strategies of feminism in photography and considers the immense contributions by artists whose work articulates or interrogates representations of women in media and society. Across more than one hundred years of photographs and images, “On Feminism” underscores how photography has shaped feminism as much as how feminism has shaped photography.

The issue’s features include a lively roundtable with curators from Paris and New York on modernist photographers between the wars, Nancy Princenthal on the feminist avant-garde of the 1970s, Eva Díaz on protest and visual politics, Laura Guy on lesbian erotica as critical rebellion, Eva Respini on abstraction, Julia Bryan-Wilson on visions of trans feminism, and a conversation with Renée Cox about black feminist icons, plus contributions and portfolios by Farah Al Qasimi, Jennifer Blessing, Zackary Drucker, Catherine Morris, A.L. Steiner, Zanele Muholi, Yurie Nagashima, Elle Pérez, Laurie Simmons, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Gillian Wearing, and much more.

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Table of Contents

Front

Redux
Brian Wallis on Leonard Freed’s Black in White America, 1968

Spotlight: Eli Durst’s In Asmara
by Alexandra Pechman

Curriculum
by Martha Rosler

Dispatches
Maria Nicolacopoulou on Athens

Words

On Feminism
Contributions by Catherine Morris, Zanele Muholi, Laurie Simmons, Johanna Fateman, Zackary Drucker, and A. L. Steiner

Modern Women: David Campany in Conversation with Marta Gili, Julie Jones, and Roxana Marcoci

The Feminist Avant-Garde
by Nancy Princenthal

Sex Wars Revisited
by Laura Guy

A Taste of Power: Renée Cox in Conversation with Uri McMillan

History Is Ours
by Eva Díaz

On Defiance
by Eva Respini

Beyond Binary
by Julia Bryan-Wilson

Our Bodies, Online
by Carmen Winant

Pictures

Cosey Fanni Tutti
Introduction by Alison M. Gingeras

Gillian Wearing
Introduction by Jennifer Blessing

Yurie Nagashima
Introduction by Lesley A. Martin

Hannah Starkey
Introduction by Sara Knelman

Katharina Gaenssler
Introduction by Yvonne Bialek

Josephine Pryde
Introduction by Alex Klein

Laia Abril
Introduction by Karen Archey

Farah Al Qasimi
Introduction by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Martine Syms
Introduction by Amanda Hunt

Elle Pérez
Introduction by Salamishah Tillet

Back

Object Lessons
Les Femmes de l’Avenir, 1900–1902

Online Exclusives

A Portrait of the Artist as Claude Cahun
Gillian Wearing in Conversation with Nicholas Cullinan

The Radical Power of the Black Feminine Gaze
by Ladi’Sasha Jones

Laurie Simmons and Molly Ringwald are Playing with the Big Boys

Notes on a Scandal
by Rayya Badran

The Kids Aren’t All Right
by Prajna Desai

Command the Gaze
by M. Whiteford

Jo Spence: Work, Politics, Survivalby Charlene Heath

After the Avant-Garde
by Isabel Stevens

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