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.

In the midst of COVID-19 crisis, inspired by The Movement 4 Black Lives, Mahan shares criticism of American cinema and proposes radical changes to the current film industry.


Sharma offers a heartfelt artistic tribute to ‘invisible’ migrant workers and their hardships during the lockdown in India.


Hoping for a systemic change to how autism is socially approached, Dear writes a sincere poem observing her brother’s anxiety around the daily news and food in the time of pandemic.


In 2018 researchers from Teaching to Trangress* replaced the Study Regulations at the E.R.G in Brussels with a radical re-write to expose the covert operations of patriarchy.


Alyssa Harad considers Letters, Dreams and Other Writings, a collection of writing by the visionary artist Remedios Varo.


‘A dead writer’, wrote the artist Linda Stupart, ‘exists in words’. There are so many women dying right now. We have to learn how to die in onscreen as well as how to live, ...

An ode to Edie Sedgwick, ‘Warhol’s muse’, via notions of ‘original’ and ‘copy’ and the difference between being looked at and being seen.


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.



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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