"Still I Rise": An Exhibition Focusing on Activism


Nottingham Contemporary’s latest show, Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance explores the history of women and non-binary people’s protests through art. Inspired by Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” poem, the show features feminist work in four galleries. Each gallery is curated specifically to represent different generations, feminist waves, and practices. In the first gallery, there is a display of pages from “Women and their Bodies,” a feminist book from 1970 that contains images of vulvas, childbirth, and sex. In the fourth gallery, performance pieces and photographs capture monumental feminist focused protests. While the works are divided into separate galleries, they all unite with the goal of overcoming patriarchal standards and oppression.

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Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance contains over 100 exhibits with 40 practitioners. The exhibition will be on display at Nottingham Contemporary from October 2018 to January 7, 2019.

Discussion Question:

Do you have any pieces (art, writing, etc.) that represent fighting back against the patriarchy or any other oppressive system?


Action Item:

There are many protests happening in this day and age. Think of one that you have seen in the news recently. Think of how you or any artist would you capture the spirit of that protest.


Read more on The Guardian| Image: Demanding change … protesters photographed in Buenos Aires in 1982 by Eduardo Gil. Photograph: courtesy of the artist