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Prostitution and the Problem of Feminist Art

Prostitution and the Problem of Feminist Art

The Emergent Queer Aesthetic of COUM Transmissions

Chapter:
(p.93) 3 Prostitution and the Problem of Feminist Art
Source:
Art Labor, Sex Politics
Author(s):
Siona Wilson
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816685738.003.0003

COUM Transmissions’ notorious performance-based installation, Prostitution (1976) was presented one month after Mary Kelly’s Post-Partum Document at the very same venue. Chapter three finds unexpected points of connection between the two installations, and argues that COUM’s riotously queer aesthetic challenges many long-held assumptions about feminist art.

Keywords:   Feminism, feminist art, avant-garde, conceptual art, photography, film, performance, collectivity, sexuality

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