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.

A reflection on the work of the contemporary South African artist Noncedo Charmaine who celebrates Black women and non-binary people.

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Harrod sees the recent media reaction to the Depp/Heard trail as a knock to the confidence women had just found to speak against gendered violence.

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Rosario Montero shows how photographers have adopted strategies to combat facial recognition and other tools of oppression.

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Citing debates on essentialisation of blackness, this article assesses how—if at all—Black Panther projects black female empowerment.

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A look at two photojournalists who focus on Filipino women pushing back against the physical and rhetorical aggression they experience.

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Bevan considers how the Heard/Depp verdict highlighted that domestic violence debates still revolve around themes of absence.

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Comiskey’s protest photos document how the Irish went to the streets to fight for women’s and minorities rights.

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The non-binary artist Dean Hutton created their anti-racist work in the wake of student protests at post-apartheid universities.

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Vipula P.C. shows that the memory of a photograph and the effort to regain it become a form of resistance for lower caste Malayali women.

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Marilyn Stafford’s photographs of the Cité Lesage-Bullourde form a precious, fragmented record of the demolished working-class neighbourhood.

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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