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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: Rape/Violence against women

Violence against women, particularly sexual violence against women and the need to protest against it, is the subject of these works. These works protest against rape, without sensationalising it, and draw attention to the levels of domestic and sexual violence against women throughout the world, regardless of colour, creed, class or education. These works include collective responses amongst women to the subject of rape, highlighting the victims' point of view. They explore questions about double standards, about the lack of justice, and about how society - particularly the media - regards the perpetrators and the crime committed against women.

  1. Yoko Ono (USA, Japan) Rape (1968) film, made with John Lennon      


  2. Suzanne Lacy (USA) Rape is (Two Views) (1972) limited edition book, Cal Arts, Feminist Art project      


  3. Judy Chicago, Suzanne Lacy, Sandra Orgel, Aviva Rahmani (USA) Ablutions (1972) performance, Venice, California, documented in photographs      


  4. Ana Mendieta (USA) Rape scene (1973) photo-documentation of performance, Moffit Street, Iowa City, Iowa      


  5. Faith Ringgold (USA) Slave Rapes/ Tankas (1973) masks, brocade frames, quilts      


  6. Nancy Spero (USA) Torture of Women (1976) gouache, typewritten texts, collage, and handprinting on laid paper 60.7 x 292 cm each framed  National Gallery of Canada  


  7. Betsy Damon and Carole Fisher (USA) Mutilation Images: A Garden and Self Images: Terrible Mother of Blood River (1976) installation, in exhibition Changes, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota      


  8. Leslie Labowitz and Suzanne Lacy (USA) In Mourning and In Rage  (1977) public performance, Los Angeles City Hall      


  9. Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz (USA) Three Weeks in May (1977) performances in Los Angeles over 3 weeks, culminated in In Mourning and In Rage      


  10. Alexis Hunter (UK) Dialogue with a Rapist (1978) photo-text work      


  11. Margaret Harrison (UK, New Zealand) Rape (1978) acrylic and collage on canvas 2 parts, total, 223.7 x 244cm 1 - Part a, 174 x 239.5 x 2.2cm 2 - Part b, 30.6 x 239.5 x 2.2cm    Arts Council Collection, GB 


  12. Diamela Eltit (Chile) Zona de Dolor I / Maipu (1980) video performance, Santiago 5.08 min  Re.Act.Feminism  


  13. Cecilia Vicuna (Columbia, USA) What is Poetry to You? (1980) film, Bogota      


  14. Barbara Kruger (USA) Untitled ("We have received orders not to move") (1982) black and white photo 72 x 48     


  15. Gloria Bornstein (USA) Porno-Graphics (1984) installation in shop windows in New York and Seattle against the Green River serial murders in Washington of young women      


  16. Lydia Schouten (The Netherlands) Sleeping Beauties (1990) multimedia installation 10 x 2.5 x 3m    Collection W. Rieff, Maastricht 


  17. Barbara Kruger (USA) All Violence is the Illustration of a Pathetic Stereotype (1991) installation, Mary Boone Gallery, New York      


  18. Peggy Diggs (USA) The Domestic Violence Projects (1991 - 1992) range of public art projects, including billboards (Berkshire County, Massachusetts) and a milkcarton project on milk (New Jersey and New York), culminating in exhibition of mixed media objects.      


  19. Sue Williams (USA) Irresistible (1992) rubber 12 x 57 x 24"      


  20. Kiki Smith (USA) Tale (1992) wax, pigment, papier-mache 160 x 23 x23     


  21. Annika von Hausswolff (Sweden) Back to Nature (Tilbaka till Naturen) series (1992) chromogenic prints     Skiovde Konsthall and Konstmuseum, Sweden 


  22. Doris Salcedo (Columbia, USA) Atrabilarios (1992 - 2004) shoes in concrete      


  23. Lutz Bacher (USA) My Penis (1992) video tape-loop of a short fragment from William Kennedy Smith’s televised trial testimony      


  24. Jenny Holzer (with Tibor Kalman) (USA) Lustmord (1993 - 1994) photographs of handwriting in ink on skin 32 x 22 cm     


  25. Canan Senol (Turkey) Transparent Police Station/ Seffaf Karakol (1998) photograph on transparent film, plexiglass      


  26. Ursula Biemann (Switzerland) Performing the Border (1999) video essay 43 min     


  27. Rebecca Belmore (Canada) Vigil (2002) performance about more than 50 women murdered in Vancouver's East End, many First Nations women      


  28. Sanja Ivekovic (Croatia) Women's House (Sunglasses) (2002 - 2004) Photo-text works, juxtaposing fashion photography with first-hand accounts of domestic violence, extension of larger project Women's House.      


  29. Teresa Margolles (USA) Lote Bravo (2005) project including installation of mud bricks from sand at 100 locations in and around Ciudad Juarez where sexually abused women's bodies have been found      


  30. Mary Coble (USA) Untitled 2 (from Note to Self) (2005) Inkjet print, taken after 12 hour performance, names of 428 LGBTQ victims of hate crimes written on artist's body Sheet: 19 11/16 x 14 3/4 in. (50 x 37.5 cm).  Brooklyn Museum  


  31. Alma Quinto (The Philippines) The House of Comfort (2006) workshops with survivors of abuse and sexual violence      


  32. Grace Ndiritu (Kenya/UK) My Blood Self: Blood Painting (2006 - 2007) one of series of video works, titled My Blood Self, on violence, slavery, war      


  33. Sally Gutierrez (Spain) Crying Room /Patchwork Dreams (2007) video installation, premiered in Trauma Interrupted (Philippines Cultural Center, 2007)      


  34. Ito Tari (Japan) One Response - Bae Bong-gi and the Countless Other Women (2010) performance, about the Japanese Comfort Women, military sex slaves, of WWII      


  35. Zanele Muholi (South Africa) Untitled  (2011) Series of artworks about the murder of women, blood on fabric 220 x 119 cm     


  36. Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz (USA) Three Weeks in January (2012) performances and public art project in Los Angeles, part of Pacific Standard Time      


  37. Fiona Rukschcio (Austria) Retaped Rape (2012) video following and reconstructing Yoko Ono's Rape (1968), presented at Vienna Secession