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


About this topic: War/Conflict

Recent wars are the focus of these works: Vietnam, the threat of Atomic wars, the Cold War between super-powers, the Gulf War in 1991, the Balkan wars, wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Included also are works about the Comfort Women, Korean women used as sex slaves by the Japanese Army as well as internment camps in the US for Japanese citizens in the Second World War. Works examining civil wars in Lebanon, Guatemala are also considered, as is the conflict between India and Pakistan in Kashmir. This selection is not exhaustive of works by women artists about war and conflicts in recent times; however, most of these works question strongly political and media rhetoric in contrast to the horror and impact of war.

  1. Nancy Spero (USA) Untitled: (War Series) (1966 - 1967) series of drawings/paintings, gouache and ink on paper     

  2. Martha Rosler (USA) Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful (1967 - 1972) photomontage printed as colour photographs (see also second series, updated and remade in a larger format, 2004) each 24 x 20 ins.     

  3. Mona Hatoum (UK, Beirut) Under Siege (1982) durational performance in plastic cubicle, Aspex Gallery, Plymouth      

  4. Jeanne C. Finley (USA) Involuntary Conversion (1991) video, dissecting the US technospeak around military campaign of US in the first Gulf War 9.15 mins  Video Data Bank  

  5. Miriam Cahn (Germany) KRIEGSRAUM(WARSPACE), 15.1-28.2.1991 (1991) drawings made during Gulf War, presented at Centre PasquArt, Biel, 2002      

  6. Sophie Ristelheuber (France) Fait / Fact (1992) photographic series of aerial destruction caused in first Gulf War      

  7. Mary Kelly (USA, Canada) Gloria Patri (1992) installation, etched and polished aluminum of shields, trophies, discs      

  8. Marina Abramovic (former Yugoslavia) Cleaning the House (1993) performance, Venice Biennale      

  9. Yoshiko Shimada (Japan) Comfort Women/Women of Conformity (1994) artist's book (24 pages) 21 x 29.7 cm     

  10. Frances Hegarty (UK) Voice Over (1995) sound installation with voice testimony and photographs, recorded at Women's Refugee Center, Croatia in 1994      

  11. Masumi Hayashi (USA) American Concentration Camps (1995) series of Type C-prints, marking Japanese prisoner of war camps, 2WW  composite images, dimensions variable  Masumi Hayashi online museum  

  12. Susan Meiselas (USA) akaKURDISTAN (1997 - 2014) project presented as installation, with map, 17 booklets      

  13. Mary Kelly (USA, Canada) Mea Culpa (1999) framed panels of lint      

  14. Lamia Joriege (Lebanon) Objects of War (2000 - 2006) video series and objects, on Lebanese war  n°1: 68 min (2000); n°2: 85 min (2003); n°3: 55 min (2006); n°4: 72 min (2006)     

  15. Emily Jacir (Palestine, USA) Memorial to 418 Palestinian Villages Which Were Destroyed, Depopulated and Occupied by Israel in 1948 (2001) refugee tent and embroidery thread, 2001      

  16. Regina Jose Galindo (Guatemala) Who can Erase the Prints? (?Quien pueded borrar las Huellas?) (2003) single channel projection, 2 mins of artist walking through Guatemala City barefoot with blood making prints on street      

  17. Parastou Forouhar (Iran, Germany) Thousandandoneday (2003) wallpaper drawings (digital print)      

  18. Tejal Shah (India) Under the Shade of the Sword (2003) installation against Hindu nationalism with video 'I love my India', saffron paint, swords and gun sculpture made from toy gas cylinders      

  19. Emily Prince (USA) American servicemen and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan (But Not Including the Wounded, Nor the Iraqis not the Afghanis) (2004) pencil drawings on colour coded vellum, project composed of 3,330+ drawings presented as large wall installation     

  20. Anne Bean (UK, Iraq) MASS (2008) (2007 - 2008) site-specific performance, a collaboration with local women, disused prison, Kurdistan-Iraq       

  21. Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, and David Thorne (USA, Denmark) 9 Scripts from a Nation at War (2007) 10 channel video installation      

  22. Imelda Cajipe Endaya (The Philippines) Comfort Women: Give Human Face in Wartime Violence (2007) installation, 24 digital prints, 24 text panels, slippers, cane.      

  23. Althea Thauberger (Canada) Kandahar International Airport (2009) digital c-print      

  24. Gail Bourgeois (Canada) Cold War Pieces (2013) 95 black and white inkjet prints, photo-montage      

  25. Tiffany Chung (USA) Syria Deeply Day 1387: December 31 2014 - numbers of casualties and refugees (2014 - 2015) one from series of maps, marking Syrian war