Critical Reflection

Always radical, always engaged, always personal. Either scholarly or polemic writing that engages with feminist visual culture and feminist theory and history from a contemporary perspective. Our authors provide ground for reassessment of existing paradigms or subversive recuperation and reinterpretation.

Inspired by Hodes’ papercut, Westley invites the artist to contribute to her reflection on the crafting of works that are classified as ‘art’.

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Two authors explore craft as an embodied practice situating Scottish knitting as an asset that binds ‘tacit wisdom’ and gender narratives.

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Appropriating imagery from soft-core pornography to create ‘embroidered paintings’ Ghada Amer asks whether craft can be pornographic.

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Using various case studies, this article explores the importance of craft for queer-feminist survival and worldmaking.

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Fatma 75, the first feature film directed by a Tunisian woman, intertwines histories of feminism and anti-colonial resistance.

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To reveal the continuity in craft from modernism to the present, the authors show how the legacy of Bauhaus informs their own exhibition.

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Greenwood shares how she developed a sustainable citation practice rooted in honouring the interwoven nature of text, flesh, and materiality.

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A fresh look at Hermína Týrlová, the mother of Czech animation, once the winner of many awards who isn’t well-remembered outside her country.

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When Lopez appeared in Shades of Blue, her pop star image was simply incorporated into her detective character.

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WHO SUPPORTS US

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