What does the future of Feminism look like to you? Last year for Women’s History Month, Vox asked five feminists about the potential of feminist thought to change and shape the world. For Mikki Kendall, mainstream feminism would “support movements ranging from disability rights to labour activism because it would understand that every issue that impacts women is a feminist issue.”
In the same article, Samhita Mukhopadhyay stressed the importance of an ecocritical feminist focus: “Women stand to lose the most as we continue to see the impacts of global warming. As communities are displaced, women are the most vulnerable to the implications of mass migrations and home loss …. It is also women who are fighting on the front lines of the global climate crisis. The future of feminism is Greta Thunberg. It is Jamie Margolin. It is Xiye Batisda. It is the Sunrise Movement. It is the indigenous organizers who have led the way for decades on environmental activism. It is the women farmers in the global south.”
With social movements such as Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, the conversation on women’s rights and the call for greater inclusivity and visibility grows louder by the day. While our previous panels discussed and explored Feminist approaches to intersection and the importance of recovering women from archives, our last panel will be exploring what the future of feminism could look like.
About Karimah Hassan: Born in Wales with Yemeni and Bangladeshi heritage, Karimah has an expressive, bold aesthetic and is heralded for ‘taking stories of community gatekeepers full circle, from the canvas to the streets‘. Karimah creates live paintings at performance events across London and New York in order to highlight the importance of communities in the city.
Karimah graduated MA Architecture from the Royal College of Art, London, 2016, and from the Mural Career Development programme, Toronto, 2019. Clients include The Barbican, Ted Baker, Arts Council England, The Highline New York, Toronto Arts Council, and Crxss Platfxrms.
The pivotal aspect of Hassan’s practice involves hosting ‘community showcase teasers’ under the disguise of an exhibition. In a curated line up, Karimah exhibits her paintings alongside poetry readings, open-mic sessions, live jazz and even football matches. In this way, Hassan combines the artwork, the painting subject, and community members together in one space.
Karimah creates her work from the studio, to the street, to the canvas; it moves between these spaces, questioning the delineation between street art, fine art and community art. The journey of each piece and the audience it connects to is as fascinating as the art itself.
About Dr. Eliane Glaser: Eliane Glaser is an English writer, lecturer, radio producer and broadcaster. Glaser was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating from Oxford University with a First Class degree in English literature in 1995, before gaining her PhD in early modern literature in 2000 at Birkbeck, University of London. Glaser has written for the Independent, New Statesman, and the London Review of Books, and is a contributor to The Guardian, where she has written articles on contemporary propaganda, fake authenticity, Astroturf politics, cyber-utopianism, and the ideology of natural childbirth. Glaser is a regular contributor to, producer of, and sometime presenter for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4: Glaser has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking to discuss conspiracy, ideology and bureaucracy, and wrote and presented an edition of BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought in defence of authority.
About Glory Edim: Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and onlinecommunity that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017, sheorganized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Literary Festival. She has worked as a creativestrategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions, including Kickstarter, TheWebby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She received the 2017 Innovator’sAward from theLos Angeles TimesBook Prizes for her work as a literary advocate. Her firstanthology,Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves,was published byRandom House in 2018.She serves on the board of New York City’s Housing Works Bookstoreand lives in Brooklyn, New York.