'I Should Have Been Born a Man': The Displacement and Replacement of Women Sculptors within Contemporary Sculptural Debates

  • Online event
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021
  • Lecture by Dr Klairi Angelou, premiering on YouTube at 6pm. Part of our Monuments Research Season.

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This lecture focuses on the marginalisation of women in the context of modern Greek public sculpture, highlighting the way women have been memorialised within the Greek narrative.

Any examination of Greek public sculpture has long been connected to the ancient Greek past, and any understandings of gender have long been omitted. Angelou challenges the existing narrative, seeking a more nuanced approach through a wide variety of sources - ranging from unpublished documents and archival resources, as well as information derived from interviews with some of the sculptors discussed. In doing so, she reveals how (predominantly male) art historians and art critics fixated on the gender of Greek women sculptors at the expense of seriously engaging with their work.

What qualities were regarded as ‘female’ and were celebrated in Greek monuments? Placing the whole debate in the post #MeToo era, Angelou discusses what changes need to be made in order to make women (sculptors) more visible in public sculpture.

Video subtitled by Stagetext.

About the speaker

Dr Klairi Angelou, currently the Editorial Assistant at Sculpture Journal, has lectured widely on modern Greek sculpture, advocating for its re-examination in relation to contemporary art historical debates.

She has recently curated the highly acclaimed exhibition of Ioanna Spiteri-Veropoulou's work at the Teloglion Foundation of Art in Thessaloniki, Greece, the first retrospective exhibition of the sculptor's work in a long while providing a new reading of the artist's work and bringing to light overlooked aspects of her work. Future curatorial projects include the examination of Greek and international artists who have been so far marginalised and overlooked. More broadly her research interests include, but are not limited to, how issues of gender and national identity influence the creation and reception of artists’ work, as well as the use of the past in modern cultural practices.

Monuments Research Season

Every Wednesday throughout September we will present new research around monuments in a variety of forms, ranging from pre-recorded lectures to podcasts and artists films.

Topics will include the relationship between monuments, gender and sexuality, the role of religion and politics, monuments and colonial memory, and artists’ responses to monumentality. All material will be available to access online on our website and YouTube channel.

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