Pants Wear Skirts

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Pants Wear Skirts

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Author: Susanne Altmann


ISBN: 9783775752589

Date: 23rd March, 2023

Publisher: HATJE CANTZ

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  2. Cultural And Media Studies
  3. History of Art
  4. Groups And Identities


Founded in 1984 by women around Gabriele Stötzer, the Erfurt Women Artists' Group pursued a radically creative lifestyle to counter the rigid structures of everyday life in the GDR, over a period of ten years. Subversive, witty, borne of a liberating sense of defiance against normative gender roles, their artistic expressions provide an insight into the little-known feminist subculture in the GDR. Their pioneering role in terms of an exploration of female identity is particularly reflected through five experimental Super 8 films, subsequent live performances, and fashion-object shows. Often unfolding intuitively from sequences of audio, dance, and literary elements, self-created and provocative costumes that served as alter egos of the artists took centre stage. Their political commitment culminated in December 1989 in the first occupation of a Stasi, State Security Service, headquarters, initiated by five women, three of whom were part of the group.

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