The Art of Being Dangerous

Exploring Women and Danger through Creative Expression

Edited by Jo Shaw and Ben Fletcher-Watson

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"A major inspiration for the project was the tendency by some in the media to describe particular women as ‘the most dangerous woman in’ Scotland, or the UK, or the world.", Jo Shaw, editor 'The Art of Being Dangerous'

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Unique and kaleidoscopic collection of feminist visual and literary art
The idea that women are dangerous – individually or collectively – runs throughout history and across cultures. Behind this label lies a significant set of questions about the dynamics, conflicts, identities and power relations with which women live today.

The Art of Being Dangerous offers many different images of women, some humorous, some challenging, some well-known, some forgotten, but all unique. In a dazzling variety of creative forms, artists and writers of diverse identities explore what it means to be a dangerous woman.

With almost 100 evocative images, this collection showcases an array of contemporary art that highlights the staggering breadth of talent among today’s female artists. It offers an unparalleled gallery of feminist creativity, ranging from emerging visual artists from the UK to multi-award-winning writers and translators from the Global South.

Contributors: Margie Orford, Meredith Bergmann, K.E. Carver, Sasha de Buyl-Pisco, Mary Paulson-Ellis, Melissa Álvaro Mutolo, Kerri Turner, Heshani Sothiraj Eddleston, Joanie Conwell, Dilys Rose, Alison Jones, Sim Bajwa, Hilaire, Tara Pixley, Leonie Mhari, Kate Feld, Millie Earle-Wright, Helen Boden, Elif Sezen, Rebecca Vedavathy, Irene Hossack, SE Craythorne, Roisin Kelly, Nkateko Masinga, Elaine Gallagher, Ildiko Nova, Rachel Roberts, susan c. dessel, Savanna Scott Leslie, Heather Pearson, Eva Moreda Rodriguez, Tanya Krzywinska, Siris Gallinat, Clare Archibald, Maya Mackrandilal, Zuhal Feraidon, Anna Brazier, Shirley Day, Treasa Nealon, Satdeep Grewal, Lucy Walters, Priyanthini Guns, Kate Schneider, Alana Tyson, Jayde Kirchert, Boris Eldagsen, Brenda Rosete, Victoria Duckett, Patricia Allmer, JL Williams, Carly Brown, Sotiria Grek, Sepideh Jodeyri, Brooke Bolander, Maria Stoian, Maria Fusco, Claire Askew and Marianne Boruch.

This book emerges from the Dangerous Women Project.
For more information, visit
dangerouswomenproject.org


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Jo Shaw and Ben Fletcher-Watson

FOREWORD
Jo Shaw

INTRODUCTION

Companions, Friends, Equals
Margie Orford

PREPARING THE CANVAS: SETTING THE SCENE

The Business of Incantations
Heather Pearson

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST: ON ARTISTS AND ART-MAKING
Art vs Crafts? On resisting gendered hierarchies of practice in the art world
Alana Tyson

Sowing dangerous seeds
Rachel Roberts

Roma Storyteller
Ildiko Nova

This is not a poem
K.E. Carver

Like a Woman: How we move embodies our past and creates our future
Anna Brazier

How to be a Monster
Maya Mackrandilal

BODY OF WORK: ON SEXUALITY AND THE BODY

NĀN
Heshani Sothiraj Eddleston

If a dangerous woman you be…
Jayde Kirchert

The Praying Mantis
Rebecca Vedavathy

Shameless
Sim Bajwa

Monster Costume
Sasha de Buyl-Pisco

Bein a Girl
Leonie Mhari

Agendas
Elaine Gallagher

Neo-Burlesque’s Neo-Feminism
Tara Pixley

Not My Type
Mary Paulson-Ellis

Her & I
Treasa Nealon

Eat Them All
Siris Gallinat

Archetypes Have No Place Here
Maria Fusco

Poetry, art and ‘to dare to talk about my body’
Sepideh Jodeyri

ART OF THE POSSIBLE: ON POLITICS, ACTIVISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Hide & Seek
Zuhal Feraidon

Response to Random Murder III: December 14, 2012, Newtown, CT, 28 dead (Mother & Child with a Glock)
Meredith Bergmann

A Cry for the Mothers
Alison Jones

The Trial
Maria Stoian

Obituary
Irene Hossack

The Painter
Lucy Walters

Women of Steel: seeing powerful women in a new frame
Satdeep Grewal

Martha Gruening: ‘Brick in a soft hat’
susan c. dessel

An Education
Savanna Scott Leslie

ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS: ON FOLKLORE AND HISTORY

Riding with Baba Yaga
Kate Feld

Dangerous Agencies: Norns, Games and Aesthetics of Emergence
Tanya Krzywinska

Not by Blood Alone
Dilys Rose

Stargazed
S.E. Craythorne

Persephone No More
Roisin Kelly

A Short History of Enemies and Friends
Shirley Day

Anne Askew: Dangerous Convictions
Claire Askew

SUFFERING FOR YOUR ART: ON STRENGTH, CONFLICT AND RESISTANCE

Dangerous Emotions: three poems
JL Williams

Plaits Underneath an Orange Helmet
Millie Earle-Wright

This is your story
Melissa Álvaro Mutolo

The Truth
Nkateko Masinga

Speaking Out / Keeping Silent
Sasha de Buyl-Pisco

Forgotten
Kerri Turner

A Dangerous Woman
Joanie Conwell

Paper Dolls Join Together with Dots of Whispered Steel
Clare Archibald

Rearguard Act ion on Neilson Road
Priyanthini Guns

LIVES OF THE ARTISTS: ON BIOGRAPHY AND IDENTITY

Unica Zürn: Creating Art from a Dangerous Place
Hilaire

Joan Eardley: A Woman for all Weathers
Helen Boden

Lady Macbeth: Elisabet Ney’s Final Sculpture
Carly Brown

Camille Claudel: the dangerous French sculptor
Elif Sezen

Amparo Cardenal: the singing non-singer
Eva Moreda Rodríguez

Celebrating transgressive celebrity: Sarah Bernhardt
Victoria Duckett

Lee Miller: Photography, Surrealism, and Beyond
Patricia Allmer

Alison Smithson
Kate Schneider

Dangerous Art: Liubov Popova, Constructivism and politics as an artform
Sotiria Grek

Elizabeth Miller: the Maiden of the Sea
Brenda Rosete

Wonder and grief, poetry and danger: reflecting on the life and work of the ‘other’ Wordsworth
Marianne Boruch

POSTSCRIPT

May you forever be fierce: a dangerous devotional
Brooke Bolander

INDEX

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 285 × 195 × 30 mm

256 pages

ISBN: 9789462702721

Publication: May 03, 2021

Languages: English

Stock item number: 141340

Ben Fletcher-Watson manages the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
Jo Shaw is Salvesen professor of European Institutions in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh and part-time professor in the New Social Research programme at Tampere University.