Hélène Cixous first coined the term ‘écriture féminine’ in her essay, “The Laugh of the Medusa” (1975), where she asserts “woman must write her self: must write about women and bring women to writing, from which they have been driven away as violently as from their bodies”.
As pertinent to the visual arts as to literature, écriture féminine is the concept of women being empowered to represent themselves and their personal histories, thus creatively exploring their social roles and status in the world.
This multiple artist exhibition will explore contemporary depictions of women writing her self, outside of the art historical tradition of the ‘male gaze’. Includes work from Edgar Modern artists Henrietta Dubrey, Roxana Halls, Toni Cogdell, and Rachael Read (Rain) as well as several exciting guest artists.
Écriture Féminine is at Edgar Modern from 21 February – 6 March 2016
(from a press release)