Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada
Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada, edited by Dr. Heather Davis and project managed by Nicole Burisch, is a project that MAWA has been hard at work on since 2013. It was made possible by donations from many of you, the MAWA community; The Winnipeg Foundation; and a partnership with McGill-Queen’s University Press.
The 328-page, hardcover, full-colour volume celebrates some of the art by feminists in our nation. Shockingly, it is THE FIRST book about feminist art, in all media, ever published in Canada! It features 14 essays focusing on regional histories, activist art, community engagement, Indigenous feminisms and the political role of the female body. There is also a historical timeline from 1963-2015. Writers include: Janice Anderson (Concordia University), Gina Badger (artist, writer, editor, Toronto), Noni Brynjolson (Winnipeg and UC San Diego), Amber Christensen (curator and writer, Toronto and Brandon), Karin Cope (NSCAD), Lauren Fournier (artist, writer, and curator, York University), Amy Fung (curator and writer, Toronto), Kristina Huneault (Concordia University), Alice Ming Wai Jim (Concordia University), Tanya Lukin Linklater (artist, North Bay), Sheila Petty (University of Regina), Kathleen Ritter (curator and writer, Vancouver), Daniella Sanader (curator and writer, Toronto), Thérèse St. Gelais (UQAM), cheyanne turions (curator and writer, Toronto), Ellyn Walker (Queen’s University), Jayne Wark (NSCAD) and Jenny Western (curator and writer, Winnipeg). Even at this scope, and with this range of writers, much of our Canadian feminist art history could not be included. MAWA hopes that the book inspires others to record and reflect on the amazing contributions of women in our national visual arts community.