Feminism is often considered to have a definitive chronological and ideological timeline, structured in waves that have since broken and been reabsorbed. Appropriately, The F Word catalogue uses this model as its premise for an investigation of contemporary feminist art practices. The title alludes to the current condition of feminism as an unspoken or "taboo" subject with which some women artists no longer want to be associated. The catalogue includes essays by Lisa Steele, Alissa Firth-Eagland, and Candice Hopkins that address how contemporary feminism incorporates elements of both first-wave and second-wave feminism, while also diverging from them. The essayists note a shift in focus from gender-specific issues to a wider range of social issues that reflect the growing diversity of North American publics.
Edited by Alissa Firth-Eagland and Candice Hopkins. Contributions by Alissa Firth-Eagland and Candice Hopkins, Karen Henry, Lisa Robertson, and Kristina Lee Podesva. Artwork by Rebecca Belmore, Patty Chang, Allyson Clay with Lisa Robertson and Nathanaël (Nathalie Stephens), Kate Craig and Margaret Dragu, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, Klara Lidén, Deirdre Logue, Jillian Mcdonald, Lisa Steele, and Salla Tykka. Design by Jen Eby.
Softcover, 70 pages, colour illustrations
9” x 7"
Western Front, Vancouver (2009)