2 - 4pm, Saturday 16th Nov


Various Artists - Closing event: Archiving Womanifesto

An International Art Exchange, 1990s – Present

2pm, Saturday 16 November
The Cross Art Projects, 8 Llankelly Lane, Kings Cross, Sydney

2pm: Curator’s talk by Varsha Nair, Womanifesto Archive
2.30-3.30pm: ‘Coming together: Collective actions and future feminist archives’
An open forum moderated by Dr Catriona Moore, University of Sydney

The work of local, regional and transnational artist collectives and curatorial actions feed growing archives, of which the Womanifesto project is an important example. Practical questions of archival retrieval and currency will focus our discussion.

The Womanifesto archives help us rethink nation-centric (and region-centric) narratives, by bringing to the fore the material memories of participating women artists from around the world, including Australia. Collectives produce archives, and in turn, archives might produce collectives, or models for future collectivity. Archiving is an active verb, and feminist archives are not inert collections but may also propel future-oriented feminist models.

As Womanifesto begins a new chapter, its rich archives are being digitalised by the Asia Art Archive. This brings to mind other feminist collectives that emerged in the pre-digital era; their archival material unfortunately still scattered and endangered.

This closing discussion offers an opportunity to ask whether more marginalised contemporary feminist collectives and archives that are currently emerging in the region address the status quo with more imaginative and reflexive thinking? How can we enable conversations between these collective histories in a period of increasing national and regional gatekeeping? These practical considerations form the preconditions for global feminist art and art history. We welcome your ideas!


Potts Point 8 Llankelly Pl, Potts Point NSW 2011