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Art and the Feminist Discourse
April 28, 2011   
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The Three Women exhibition at Warsaw’s Zachęta Gallery is a rare opportunity to come to grips with three outstanding creative personalities spanning 30 years of Polish art. It is also a chance to get three different takes on womanhood and the issues that go with it.

Ewa Partum, Natalia Lach-Lachowicz and Maria Pinińska-Bere¶ blazed a trail for women artists back in the 1970s. Now their works are on display in a single exhibition. Their pioneering efforts stand alongside works created during the last two decades. Photographs, sculptures and installations are accompanied by archive materials to give a feel for the times in which they worked.

Of the three, Partum most closely identified herself with the feminist cause. Even in the 1970s she was reading from tracts at exhibition openings, holding court on equal rights for women and discrimination.

Lach-Lachowicz still distances herself from the critical foundations of the movement. Some critics, however, speak of her art as having been appropriated by Western feminist discourse because she has been taking part in women’s art exhibitions and displays since the late 1970s.

The soft, rosy forms of Pinińska-Bere¶, on the other hand, make no attempt to hide their allusions to female sexuality. Some Polish critics even go as far as to proclaim them forerunners of Western feminist art.

The title of the exhibition refers to an exhibition of feminist art held in the Arsenał Gallery in Poznań in 1978. That exhibition was the first collective display of women’s art in Poland. It took its title from the 1977 Robert Altman film of the same name.

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