European Women's Video Art (EWVA)

Video Screening: Self/Portraits: Relating Narratives

Curated by Laura Leuzzi, Giulia Casalini and Diana Georgiou.
With the participation of the artists Cinzia Cremona, Lydia Schouten and Elaine Shemilt. Readings by Diana Georgiou.
Video support by Adam Lockhart.

Self/Portraits: Relating Narratives is the sequel to the performative screening Autoritratti which took place at the Showroom Gallery (London) in 2015.

This screening weaves together the visual narratives of 12 international women artists or collectives who have worked around questions of identity and self-determination, often in confrontation to their respective social and political contexts. Employing real and interpreted voices, lyrics and unorthodox visual techniques, their works address female sexuality, motherhood, ecology and violence.

Self/Portraits: Relating Narratives employs varied methodological tools, including dialogue, autobiography, cross-genre and fragmented narratives. This curatorial approach is inspired by two Italian feminist authors who located everyday narratives and exchanges at the heart of their philosophical and political strategies. The radical thinker Carla Lonzi and her book Autoritratto [Self-portrait] (1969), offered an unprecedented montage of different artists’ interviews recomposed by the author in a continuous flux, a convivial conversation, and most significantly, as a personal portrait carved out of relations between artists and their critics. It also refers to feminist philosopher Adriana Cavarero’s book Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood (2000), where an exploration of identity is framed as the desire to hear one’s story narrated by an other.

Videos on show: Pilar Albarracin, Furor Latino, 2003; Cinzia Cremona, The Other Person, 2010; Catherine Elwes, There is a Myth, 1984; Francesca Fini, Cry Me, 2009; Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter, Transit, 1986; Sigalit Landau, Barbed Hula, 2000; Tamara Krikorian, Vanitas (1977); Muda Mathis & Pipilotti Rist, Japsen, 1988; Lydia Schouten, Romeo is bleeding, 1982; Elaine Shemilt, Women Soldiers, 1984; Annegret Soltau, Schwanger-sein II: phase three, 1978/80.

Followed by a Q&A with artists Cinzia Cremona, Lydia Schouten and Elaine Shemilt, and Laura Leuzzi. Moderated by Giulia Casalini and Diana Georgiou.

Self/Portraits: Relating Narratives is part of the AHRC funded research project ‘EWVA European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s’, based at DJCAD, University of Dundee. For more information please visit:

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EWVA European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s aims to recover and reassess the seminal contribution of women artists to early video art in Europe and more generally to the development and evolution of video as a then relatively…

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EWVA European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s aims to recover and reassess the seminal contribution of women artists to early video art in Europe and more generally to the development and evolution of video as a then relatively new medium.

Despite the fact that several women artists had been experimenting with the medium since the Seventies and Eighties, women artists’ contribution to video art is still marginalised and has partially fallen into oblivion. Several women artists’ video works are today lost or have not yet been migrated to digital archival formats.
As a result many women artists’ seminal and pioneering experiments remain under researched and neither accessible nor critical writing upon them published.

EWVA aims to fill a fundamental gap in the history of video art and provide a useful tool to practitioners, artists and scholars as well as organisations (including curators, contemporary art museums, archives, foundations, media centres). It will inform and contribute to a future recovery and migration to digital format of women artists’ videotapes that are at risk of loss due to the obsolescence of the original formats.

EWVA was launched at the Media Art Festival in Rome in February 2015.

The project is based at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.

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