The Great art fightback
This highly provocative & controversial documentary explores the rise of some extraordinary women artists in the 70s whose art was too much for the establishment until now, when they are returning to the limelight in their 80s with retrospective shows of their work.
The film explores the developments of the Art World in the 1970s, with second wave feminism allowing women to find their voice through their art. In New York, Cindy Sherman was making selfies an art form before the word even existed. In Paris, Orlan was using her body as a canvas, years before the Free the Nipple campaign. And in London, Margaret Harrison was provoking society with gender-bending portraits, getting her exhibition shut down by the police. Across the globe, women were tearing up art history, reinventing the arena of art with experimental new art forms and provocative political statements. Questioning everything, from the way women were presented in magazines to the right to equal pay the film shows how female artists aimed to radically change the way women were perceived.