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Feminist Art Topics
Artworks on 30 Topics

30. Memorials/Monuments

29. Questioning Nationalism

28. Relationships/Between You and Me

27. Confronting Racism

26. War/Conflict

25. Migration

24. Maps, Borders and Cultural geography

23. Land/Landscape

22. Ecology/Ecofeminism

21. Rooms

20. A House

19. Rape/Violence against women

18. Images of/about women from history

17. Women at Work

16. Cleaning/Maintenance Work

15. Food/Cooking

14. Artists' Parents/Grandparents

13. Marriage/Weddings

12. Masquerade/Mask

11. Mannequin/Puppet/Automaton/Cyborg

10. A/The Dress

9. Nude/Naked

8. Ecstatic Bodies

7. Old Age

6. Motherhood/Mothers/Child-rearing

5. Conception/Pregnancy/Childbirth

4. Menstruation/Abortion

3. Girls

2. Images of the phallus

1. Core imagery, vaginas and vulvas

Artworks by women artists on 30 topics
related to Feminism and Contemporary Art

Introduction

About this topic: Marriage/Weddings

In these weddings by women artists, it is not only the "props" or "rituals" of marriage ceremonies which are explored, the premises of heterosexual union are questioned and the relationship between love and marriage uncoupled. Marriage as a means to migration is explored, including the larger questions of exploitation of women in international marriage markets. In subverting this institution of heterosexuality, women artists protest against the bomb, marry themselves as male or female, celebrate lesbian relationships, marry their art, a building, a bridge!

  1. Grace Hartigan (USA) Grand Street Brides (1954) oil on canvas 12 x 10.5 ft  Whitney Museum  


  2. Penny Slinger (UK) Promised a Bed of Roses  (1973) photo 40.6 x 30.4 cm     


  3. Francine Larivée (Canada) La Chambre Nuptiale/The Nuptial Chamber (1976) mixed media installation in 3 rooms with animated film, 13.5 m x 6 m       read Yolande Dupuis, article in Sisyphe, 30 March 2005


  4. Renate Bertlmann (Germany) Schwangere Braut im Rollstuhl (1978) performance in der Modern Art Galerie Wien      


  5. Ursula Reuter Christiansen (Denmark) Marriage (1978) painted cabinet   Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen  


  6. Feminist Art Workers (Nancy Angelo, Laurel Klick, Cheri Gaulke) (USA) To Love, Honor, cherish (1978) performance marrying the building, 5th Anniversary of Women's Building, Los Angeles     Women's Building Archive, Otis College of Art and Design 


  7. Alexis Hunter (UK, New Zealand) Domestic Warfare (1979) 120 colour photographs as slide presentation     Arts Council Collection, GB 


  8. Jo Spence and Terry Dennett (UK) The Highest Products of Capitalism (after John Heartfield) (1979 - 1982) photography     Jo Spence Memorial Archive 


  9. Shirley Cameron and Evelyn Silver (UK) Brides Against the Bomb (1983) performance, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Festival and Green Gathering, Glastonbury      


  10. Faith Ringgold (USA) The Wedding: Lovers Quilt, No. 1 (1986) quilt      


  11. Ria Pacquée (Belgium) The Girl who was never asked to marry (1988) multi-media installation     MuHKA, Antwerp 


  12. Della Grace (UK) The Ceremony, London (1988) photograph      


  13. Lilian Lijn (UK) Bride (1988) mixed media performing sculpture 244 x 244 x 153 cm     


  14. Bob Smith (Susan Hinnum, Christine Melchiors, Ann Kristin Lislegaard, Eva Larsson) (Denmark) Bob Smith Arrangement (1992) poster 60 x 42 cm     


  15. Sukran Moral (Turkey) Matrimonio con tre (1994) performance, artists' studio, Rome      


  16. Lisa Baldissera (Canada) Wedding (1995) performance, Victoria, British Columbia      


  17. Anna Best (UK) Wedding Project (1997) Borough Market, London, commission from Tate Modern      


  18. Group F.F.F.F. (Estonia) F-files nr. 1 (1998) photograph on paper 56.7 x 40 cm    Art Museum of Estonia 


  19. Tanja Ostojic (former Yugoslavia) Looking for a Husband with an EU passport (2000 - 2005) participatory web project, media installation, performance project  dimensions variable     


  20. Helène Aylon (USA) My Bridal Chamber: My Marriage Bed/My Clean Days (2000 - 2001) installation: printed fabrics      


  21. Zoulikha Bouabdellah (Algeria, France) La Robe (2001) video 3 min     


  22. Fatma Charfi (Tunisia, Switzerland) The Offering (2003) performance, with abroucs (small paper offerings)      


  23. Hou Lulu Shur-Tsy (Taiwan) Border-Crossing / Cultural identities - Song of Asian Brides in Taiwan (2005 - 2009) photographic interview series of Vietnamese brides in Taiwan, with confessions      


  24. Anna-Maria Karczmarska (Poland) The Bride (2005) video performance      


  25. Xiao Lu (China) Wedlock (2009) performance for 'Twenty Years Anniversary of the China/Avant-Garde Exhibition' Wall Art Museum , Beijing      


  26. Aidan Salahova (Salakhova) (Russia, Azerbaijan) Waiting Bride  (2010 - 2011) sculpture, fabric and marble, Venice Biennale 2011      


  27. Tayeba Begum Lipi (Bangladesh) I Marry Myself (2011) performance of artist, dressed as bride, and as groom, presented as 2 screen video projection      


  28. Kirsten Fredericks (Australia) Here Comes the Bride (2011) crocheted and knitted series    Online exhibition, Michael Reid  


  29. Umida Tukhtamuradovna Akhmedova (Uzbekistan) The Burden of Virginity (2011) documentary film about Uzbek marriage rituals    see Uzbek German Forum  


  30. Maimuna Adam (Brazil, Mozambique) (M)atrimono/Matrimony (2011) installation: canvas dress, tacho, coffee, artist's book, 3 charcoal, watercolour and coffee drawings on watercolour, 42 x 29.7 cm      


  31. Jodi Rose (Australia) marriage to Le Pont du Diable Bridge, France (2013) performance action by sound artist who makes work using recorded sounds from bridges