Feminism in Art: Learn it from the Past to Future

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History of the feminist movement

Feminism first appeared back in the 3rd century when the roman consul Marcus Porcius Cato started a movement against the laws that were limiting women to use expensive items.

Then in the 14th-century French philosopher, Christine de Pisan decided to run a campaign against the inferior status of women. After that, many motions were taken against the prevailing attitudes of men toward women. Some examples are the book “Epistolae familiares” by Laura Cereta, the great broadside publication by Moderata Fonte, and more.

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The movement reached England in the late 16th-century, where people started battling over the essence of womanhood.

Women’s rights art

Your Body is a Battleground

“Your Body is a Battleground” by Barbara Kruger is a famous piece of feminist art that still resonates now as it did 25 years ago. It has probably been one of the most notable works of feminist art in history.

Barbara Kruger, who was born in 1945, was already a wholeheartedly great visual artist by 1989 when she made “Your Body Is a Battleground” for the Whitney Museum. Kruger eventually developed her own creative style, which consisted of incorporating pre-existing photos into her artwork and transforming them into something entirely new by overlaying text over the images.

Barbara Kruger presented the artwork to the public for the first time in 1989 during the women’s march in Washington. The artworks are on display until this day at the Los Angeles Museum of Art’s main hall.

Kruger, one of the most talented feminist artists, created this famous picture for the Women’s March on Washington in 1989, after a wave of anti-abortion measures that started to weaken Roe v. Wade’s constitutional protections for women. This decision allowed the American constitution to safeguard a pregnant woman’s right to abortion without pressure. Kruger depicted “Your Body Is a Battleground” as a poster in favor of women’s freedom to choose.

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