The September 21 2012

Féminismes Électriques



Book Launch Friday September 21st
Reception 6pm
Roundtable Discussion 7- 8:30 pm

La Centrale is proud to announce the publication of new, ground-breaking book, Féminismes Électriques. Come celebrate its launch in the presence of many of the writers and artists who created it.

Editor Leila Pourtavaf, Bernadette Houde, G.B. Jones, Thérèse St-Gelais, Manon Tourigny, Designer Cecilia Berkovic and many more will be in attendance to discuss their contributions to the book and to celebrate with La Centrale and co-publishers Les Éditions du remue-ménage.

Féminismes Électriques considers the evolution of feminist artistic practices over the course of a decade (2000-2010). Edited by Leila Pourtavaf, the book is produced by La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, a feminist artist-run center in Montréal with an almost 40 years history of exhibiting some of the most exciting and innovative local, national and international feminist and women artists.

The collection features essays and artist texts that engage with current debates about the evolution of feminism, and the re-oreintation of La Centrale’s mandate in light of such debates. Taking into account the different institutional and discursive processes through which art is produced and circulated, feminist artists have reconceptualized art practices to examine questions of gender, power and representation. They have also appropriated the means through which art is presented and positioned within a larger system. Féminismes Électriques focuses on these multi-layered and heterogeneous feminist interventions in contemporary art, and begins with a basic question: how do we understand and activate a feminist politics in our artistic and cultural practices that critically engages with relationships of power in our society?

This extensively illustrated book, designed by Cecilia Berkovic, features essays by Helena Reckitt, Thérèse St-Gelais, Trish Salah, Bernadette Houde, and Aneesa Hashmi.

The book also features a series of artist conversations: Manon Tourigny talks with Stéphanie Chabot and Dominique Pétrin, Reena Katz with Jumana Manna and Onya Hogan-Finlay with Chris Kraus.

The publication includes an artist poster by G.B. Jones.