The aesthetic labour of protest, now and then: The Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common (1981-2000)

Kokoli, Alexandra M. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3730-8570 (2021) The aesthetic labour of protest, now and then: The Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common (1981-2000). In: Iconic Works of Art by Feminists and Gender Activists: Mistress-Pieces. Schmahmann, Brenda, ed. Routledge Research in Gender and Art . Routledge, pp. 22-37. ISBN 9780367707446, pbk-ISBN 9780367707453, e-ISBN 9781003147770. [Book Section] (doi:10.4324/9781003147770-1)

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Abstract

Alexandra Kokoli explores visual and material strategies used by women protestors against nuclear proliferation during the Cold War, interventions that took the form of performances as well as craft works on the periphery fence of the women’s peace camp at Greenham Common. While focusing on the threat of nuclear war, the protestors’ own living arrangements as well as their visual activism simultaneously troubled constructs of patriarchal domesticity, as her exploration reveals. Kokoli views the Greenham women’s activism as blurring boundaries between not only the realms of aesthetic and activist intervention but also private and public space. Focusing on mother-and-child iconographies in particular, she explores how activists experienced disruptions to their work through the demands of motherhood but indicates that their caring roles were nevertheless also often used to motivate and shape their anti-nuclear protests.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > CREATE/Feminisms cluster
Item ID: 32936
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Iconic Works of Art by Feminists and Gender Activists: Mistress-Pieces on July 23, 2021 , available online: http://www.routledge.com/9780367707446
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Depositing User: Alexandra Kokoli
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 08:14
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 17:47
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/32936

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