The Feminist Biennial
September 24 – November 5, 2022
The Feminist Biennial is a bi-annual exhibition at WMG that puts forward reflections and evolutions of contemporary feminism, as a movement and personal subjective act. It highlights artistic excellence by artists working in any medium and who identify as women and non-binary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists.
As legendary historical moments, the first three waves of feminism are well theorized and widely known. The first emerged with women’s suffrage; the second propelled forward by the civil rights act and women’s sexual and financial freedom; and the third further defined by the rise of queer theory, racial justice and intersectionality within the feminist moment.
Now speculating the fourth wave, which has yet to be theorized and is less understood, WMG asks what does it mean to be a feminist today? At its core, feminism has been and continues to be a personal and collective reclamation of power in a patriarchal world that undervalues and devalues feminine-presenting expressions of self. It is a lived experience, a daily act, and held in community to make sense of the world through a feminist lens. WMG’s Feminist Biennial as an exhibition seeks to provide a platform for marginalized voices to put forth artwork that explores feminist thought, action, art practices and lived experience in 2022.
Curator: Ashley Wynn
Ashley Wynn is the Director at Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. Formerly the director of contemporary spaces in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Wynn also served as the right hand to Klaus Biesenbach at MoMA PS1 and MOCA in Los Angeles. Wynn has collaborated with established and emerging artists on projects and exhibitions that operate across the disciplines of art and performance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from UCLA.