Alongside our current exhibition Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s: Works From the Verbund Collection, the new issue of Loose Associations takes feminism as its subject. In this short text and single accompanying image – which is available along with other writing and images in the publication via our shop – Tai Shani responds to the question: How do you visualise a woman in the 21st century?
The fortune cookie told me that the most painful sacrifice for the feminist project will be to relinquish “ woman” – relinquish it as a refuge, a point of difference and a point of self-actualisation.
The fortune cookie says “ Sacrifice your girlhood, sacrifice your womanhood”. The fortune cookie speaks in an unwelcome, unpalatable tone, an unheard tone; it is deliriously ambitious and sincere, emotive, promethean and determinate. A tone that sounds breathlessly apocalyptic in a toxic old world.
The fortune cookie says “ We are the technology, and we are the medium. We are the flesh, and we are the touch. We are the eye, and we are the vision.”
Tai Shani is a London-based artist whose multidisciplinary practice encompassing performance, film, photography and installation revolves around experimental narrative texts that imagine a post-patriarchal future.
With thanks to Club des Femmes for providing the question, ‘How do you visualise a 21st Century Woman?’ from an ongoing project, which also formed the basis of a studio activity during the exhibition, Feminist Avant-Garde of the 70s.