Forerunner: Unfinished Business

Mon 13 Nov 2017

This is a past program.

For more information on Anne Marsh’s research project please visit Women, Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970 and upcoming symposium Doing Feminism / Sharing the world (22-23 February 2018) at the Victorian College of the Arts.

As a prelude to ACCA’s major exhibition, Unfinished Business: Perspectives on art and feminism, this panel discussion will ignite discussions around why feminism is still relevant, necessary and critical today. Join Paola Balla (co-curator of the exhibition), Anne Marsh (academic and researcher), as well as participating artists Atong Atem and Emily Floyd, to start the conversation about the historical legacies and new debates within feminism and discuss the ‘unfinished business’ of feminism today.

Surveying the diversity of feminist art practices in Australia since the 1970s, speakers will touch upon the legacies of first and second wave feminisms, its trans-generational connections, as well as contemporary theories and concerns.


Atong Atem is a South Sudanese artist and writer whose work explores postcolonial practices in the diaspora, the relationship between public and private spaces and the politics of looking and being looked at.

Paola Balla is a Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara artist, curator and academic, Victoria University, and co-curator of Unfinished Business.

Emily Floyd is an artist and collaborator with Mary Featherson on the exhibition Round Table.

Anne Marsh is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, whose work focuses on performance art, photography, feminist art history and theory.

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