Domestic fronts: arrangements for feminist living, or survival is not a metaphor

Kokoli, Alexandra M. ORCID logoORCID: (2020) Domestic fronts: arrangements for feminist living, or survival is not a metaphor. In: Feminist Visual Activism and the Body. Sliwinska, Basia, ed. Routledge, New York, pp. 88-103. ISBN 9780367278991, e-ISBN 9780429298615. [Book Section] (doi:10.4324/9780429298615)

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Beginning with a reflection on the protestors’ DIY dwelling arrangements at the women’s peace camp at Greenham Common (1981-2000, UK), this chapter examines the multifarious ways in which domesticity is evoked, restaged, critiqued, and reclaimed across artistic practices and visual activism shaped and motivated by feminism. Dwelling matters as both symbol and material necessity for the survival of vulnerable bodies, sustained by continuous giving and taking of care. The global feminist struggle for affordable and fit-for-purpose housing bridges second-wave feminist critiques of the gendered labour of social reproduction with the subsequent emergence of care as a pressing intersectional feminist issue. Rather than a straightforward denouncement of dwelling along with patriarchal domesticity, I argue that feminist art, activism, and their multiple intersections continue to revisit and sometimes recover home-making to activate its potential for nurturing feminist subjects.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled): Area Studies, Arts, Politics & International Relations, Social Sciences
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > CREATE/Feminisms cluster
Item ID: 32908
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Feminist Visual Activism and the Body on 31/12/2020, available online: or
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Depositing User: Alexandra Kokoli
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2021 13:25
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 18:05

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