Creative Response

Personal engagement with visual culture from a feminist perspective through poetry, design, art, collage, creative written word pieces. Always boundary pushing or avant-garde and at the forefront of feminist engagement.

A creative consideration of Edie Sedgwick’s labour and the considerable artistic role she played in the manufacture of Andy Warhol’s superstardom.


In a searing triptych of polyvocal poems, Lara G. explores the question of whether (and how) queer-lesbian pornography can propose counter-imaginaries to the desiring hetero-male gaze.


‘Devil temptress, egg thief, child thief, hag’. In this electrifying three-part poem Louise Buchler examines the figure of the ‘witch’ from multiple perspectives


In this absorbing lyric essay, Nell Osborne considers Charlotte Salomon’s representations of her ‘unhappy love’ in Life or Theatre? using a pithy fragmentary style.


Samantha Walton 

In poetry, which mirrors Maya Deren’s methods as a filmmaker, Elinor Cleghorn responds to her films in three hypnotic language rituals.


Using a complex mixture of human voices and computer code, Winnie Soon’s audio-visual
queering of poetic process and form interrogates the ‘false dilemma’ of binary systems.


At MAI we work for free to spread the word about research in feminism & visual culture. All our authors publish their work for no fee. We don’t charge our readers. Nothing motivates us but our commitment to raising consciousness about gender politics in arts & media.

MAI Issue 1: ISSN 2003-1671
MAI Issue 2: ISSN 2003-1672
MAI Issue 3: ISSN 2003-1673
MAI Issue 4: ISSN 2003-1674
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The team of MAI supporters and contributors is always expanding. We’re honoured to have a specialist collective of editors, whose enthusiasm & talent gave birth to MAI.

However, to turn our MAI dream into reality, we also relied on assistance from high-quality experts in web design, development and photography. Here we’d like to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to the feminist cause. Our feminist ‘thank you’ goes to:

Dots+Circles – a digital agency determined to make a difference, who’ve designed and built our MAI website. Their continuous support became a digital catalyst to our idealistic project.
Guy Martin – an award-winning and widely published British photographer who’s kindly agreed to share his images with our readers

Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
Matt Gillespie – a gifted professional British photographer who with no hesitation gave us permission to use some of his work
Julia Carbonell – an emerging Spanish photographer whose sharp outlook at contemporary women grasped our feminist attention
Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
And other photographers whose images have been reproduced here: Cezanne Ali, Les Anderson, Mike Wilson, Annie Spratt, Cristian Newman, Peter Hershey