The 21st anniversary of Glasgow Women’s Library is to be celebrated with an artistic exhibition entitled 21 Revolutions, exploring the complex relationship between lesbian, feminist and political discourse.
A number of female Scottish artists and writers have contributed to the exhibition, which aims to “consider feminism’s historical relationships to image, text, activisms and representation, while re-engaging the library with responses to feminism and its contemporary cultural and political questions.”
The artistic commissions include poetry, prints, narratives and often draw from current research into developing feminism, and considers the relationship between emerging lesbian and feminist cultures and political discourse.
The library is home to “an eclectic collection of material, from suffragette campaigns, feminist literature and the national Lesbian Archive” to “knitting patterns and recipes.”
One of the contributing artists, screenprinter Helen de Main, explains that “political and feminist discourse still seems pertinent now, with the continued pressure over decades to reach anything resembling equality.” The exhibition considers the complexities of female identity issues within the context of feminist history and contemporary societal attitudes.
Further information about 21 Revolutions, and the services provides by Glasgow Women’s Library can be found on the library’s website.
21 Revolutions can be viewed at The Platform, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, Glasgow, G34 9DU from Friday 14th November until Sunday 7th December. It will also be visiting the Dick Institute Museum and Art Gallery, Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock, KA1 3BU from Wednesday 26th November until Friday 28th November.