Kunst-Forschung-Geschlecht // 18.3.2015 // Island of Girls: Female - Only Utopias in Japanese Culture

Die interdisziplinäre Vortragsreihe "*KUNST - FORSCHUNG - GESCHLECHT*" an der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien beschäftigt sich im Studienjahr 2014/15 mit dem Thema "Empires of Women. Konzepte und Konstruktionen matriarchaler Modelle/Concepts and Constructions of Matriarchies".

Nächster Termin: Mittwoch, 18. März 2015, Beginn: 18:00 Uhr
Veranstaltungsort: Hörsaal 4 der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien (Oskar Kokoschka-Platz 2, 1010 Wien, Altbau, 1. Stock)

"Island of Girls: Female - Only Utopias in Japanese Culture"
Vortrag: Radu Leca

Representations of female-dominated communities within Japanese culture, represented by the mythical Nyogogashima (Island of Women), have been regularly actualized in twentieth century literary and popular visual
culture. The proliferation of exclusively female spaces, from girls' schools to the Takarazuka Revue to female-only train carriages, has been paralleled by fictional scenarios of female empowerment and the emerging feminist movement. In the interwar period, feminist magazines were calling for the 'rebirth of the female' while modern girls photographed in bathing suits re-envisioned as the Island of Women. This utopian trend was reiterated in literary  works of the '60s-'70s and photographs of the feminist movement. And its legacy is discernible in the new generation of women artists in Japan.

This lecture therefore traces the genealogy of a female-only utopia running diachronically across Japanese cultural imagination and seeding alternatives to a male-dominated discourse. While its actualizations have
been largely fictional, they nevertheless provided sites of empowerment for the female subject and enabled explorations of alternative gender roles.

Radu Leca is an art historian based in London. His doctoral research analyses the significance of the spatial imaginary in the visual production of seventeenth century Japan. Radu has just published an
article entitled 'The Allure of Absence: the aesthetics of the female body in contemporary art and seventeenth century Japan' in Kapsula Magazine 2-3 Longing 2/3.

Link zur Homepage: http://dieangewandte.at/gender/leca

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