Superfluous Women: Art, Feminism, and Revolution in Twenty-First-Century Ukraine
Superfluous Women tells the unique story of a generation of artists, feminists, and queer activists who emerged in Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union. With a focus on new media, Zychowicz demonstrates how contemporary artist collectives in Ukraine have contested Soviet and Western connotations of feminism to draw attention to a range of human rights issues with global impact.
In the book, Zychowicz summarizes and engages with more recent critical scholarship on the role of digital media and virtual environments in concepts of the public sphere. Mapping out several key changes in newly independent Ukraine, she traces the discursive links between distinct eras, marked by mass gatherings on Kyiv’s main square, in order to investigate the deeper shifts driving feminist protest and politics today.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 424 pages
- Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.3in x 9.1in
"Superfluous Women is a timely and incisive contribution to studies of intersections of art, protest, and feminism. Focusing on artists’ collectives and works linked to protests in Ukraine since 2004, this book provides unique insights into art and activism during and between Ukraine’s Orange Revolution and Maidan Revolution."
Sarah D. Phillips, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University
"Weaving personal reflection, on-the-ground interviews, archival documents, historical context, and theoretical frameworks, Superfluous Women offers a rich historical portrait of the era that will undoubtedly be of great use to future scholars of twenty-first-century art and politics in Ukraine."
Claudette Lauzon, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University
Author InformationJessica Zychowicz is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta in the Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program (CUSP) and was recently a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at Kyiv-Mohyla University. She earned her doctorate at the University of Michigan.
Table of contents
List of Figures
Note on Translation and Transliteration of Terms
1. Performing Protest: Sexual Dissent Reinvented
2. An Anatomy of Activism: Virtual Body Rhetoric in Digital Protest Texts
3. The Image Is the Frame: Photography and the Feminist Collective Ofenzywa
4. Museum of Congresses: Biopolitics and the Self in Kyiv’s HudRada and R.E.P. Visual Art Collectives
5. Bad Myth: Picturing Intergenerational Experiences of Revolution and War
Subjects and Courses