EWVA Book Launch (Glasgow)

Glasgow Women's Library, Glasgow, UK
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, 23rd November 2019

This event celebrated the launch of European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s, a book that both recovers and reassesses the seminal contribution of women artists to the form and evolution of video. Editors Laura Leuzzi and Elaine Shemilt discussed some of the stories of these ground-breaking artists alongside key videos which were displayed in the library the following week.

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. Many of these resulting video works are today lost or have not yet been migrated to digital archival formats. Taking its title from an AHRC funded research project based in DJAD (University of Dundee) the book retraces some of the pioneering stories of women artists’ video experimentation in Europe, featuring case studies of early video artworks, themes, genres and geographical areas.

Authors include: Jon Blackwood, Maeve Connolly, Cinzia Cremona, Sean Cubitt, Malcolm Dickson, Catherine Elwes, Slavko Kazunko, Marika Kumicz, Laura Leuzzi, Adam Lockhart, Stephen Partridge, Lorella Scacco, Elaine Shemilt, Emile Shemilt. The book will be opened by an Introduction by Laura Leuzzi, with a Preface by Laura Mulvey and a Foreword by Siegfried Zielinski.

“European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s brings a nearly forgotten moment in the history of women’s art practice back to life, vividly evoking its special sense of excitement and promise that still resonates across time.” – Laura Mulvey

More information here: https://womenslibrary.org.uk/event/pioneering-women-in-video-art/