The Feminist Art(s) of Activism


Alix Olson, assistant professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), Oxford College, with Shanequa Gay, visual artist

Alix Olson’s course challenges students to investigate how feminist modes of creative action can intervene in the national and global discourses that shape their lives. Shanequa Gay, a visual artist whose work “evaluates place, tradition, storytelling and the experiences of African-Ascendant people,” joined Olson to teach the Feminst Art(s) of Activism. Together, Olson and Gay familiarized students with a wide range of artistic vehicles through which political life in the United States has been explored, challenged and re-imagined in feminist ways. For their final project, students created a visual quilt and spoken word performances in the traditions of feminist world-building.