"THE F WORD"
November 22, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Film screening
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception
The Empty Space, Tempe campus
Robert Adanto’s The F Word explores radical "4th wave" feminist performance through interviews with a new generation of feminist artists who use their bodies as subject matter. Because the female body continues to be politicized and policed, and because these artists delve into the fecund territory of female sexuality, self-objectification, and the female form as a site of resistance, many remain marginalized by the mainstream art world. Brooklyn-based Leah Schrager, well known for her performance practice, Naked Therapy, states, "As soon as you introduce a bit of sexiness or sexuality into an artwork it suddenly becomes questionable. Just because something elicits arousal or shows elements of sexiness does absolutely not make it not art." While some 4th wave artists, like Ann Hirsch and Kate Durbin, choose to analyze representations of female identity through digital media, others, like the radical, queer, transnational feminist art collective, Go! Push Pops, explore sexuality and gender in pop culture in the digital age. As feminist lecturer Kristen Sollee explains, 4th wavers, unlike their predecessors, "are not afraid to be 'girly', (or) to be hyper-feminine, or to wear a mini-skirt, to self-objectify" in the service of challenging patriarchal oppression or sexist ideals.
(This film contains scenes of a sexual nature and is intended for mature audiences.)
Featured artists: Narcissister, Ann Hirsch, Go! Push Pops, Leah Schrager, Kate Durbin, Rebecca Goyette, Rachel Mason, Rafia Santana, Damali Abrams, Faith Holland, Claudia Bitran, Michelle Charles, and Sadaf
There will be a reception prior to the film screening and a question and answer session after the film.
Robert Adanto is a Los Angeles native currently based in south Florida. A classically-trained actor and documentary filmmaker, he earned his B.A. in Communication from ASU's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and M.F.A. in Acting from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program.
As a filmaker, he is interested in exploring how artists respond to rapid, sometimes catastrophic change. His documentaries have looked at China’s explosive contemporary art scene (The Rising Tide 2008), the lives and works of Iranian female artists (Pearls on the Ocean Floor 2010), and the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the lives of New Orleans-based artists (City of Memory 2014). He is currently working on Born Just Now, a film looking at the Belgrade-based performance artist, Marta Jovanović.
His films have screened at over 50 international film festivals and have been presented at The Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); The National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow; The Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia; The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto; The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami; The National Museum of Australia in Canberra; Dallas Contemporary; and The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, amongst others.
The F Word was screened at Dallas Contemporary, in association with Black Sheep Feminism: The Art of Sexual Politics, an exhibition exploring the works of Joan Semmel, Anita Steckel, Betty Tompkins and Cosey Fanni Tutti, curated by Alison Gingeras, and as part of The Guerrilla Girls Twin City Takeover in Minneapolis at the Walker Art Center. In addition, the documentary was screened in association with Cut-Up: Contemporary Collage and Cut-Up Histories through a Feminist Lens at Franklin Street Works, in Stamford, CT. The film was an Official Selection of the Fort Lauderdale International, The Art of Brooklyn, and Downtown Los Angeles Film Festivals, respectively.
This event is co-sponsored by the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Women and Gender Studies, and ASU Art Museum.