This 4-minute audiovisual piece explores feminism and its representation through different art forms by Fine Arts students at the University of Melbourne.
Feminism in Fine Arts, that emerged in the late 1960s, allies with the idea of postmodernism to demonstrate the civil and queer rights. Today, Fine Arts allows artists to showcase their perspectives about the world through and highlight the influences, including transformation of stereotypes about gender identity and equality. Feminism has been a controversial issue not only in the society but also inside the University of Melbourne. According to Fairbanks, the University of Melbourne formed a Women’s Working Group in 1975, aiming to implement equal opportunity policies. Besides, Women’s Liberation Group from the Student Union has continuously organized significant demonstrations on campus. Hence, we believe that our project has the high potential to strike a chord among university students and staffs.
In our production, the featured students have contrasting cultural backgrounds but share a common goal to embrace and empower women in contemporary society throughout their art-making process. This mini-doco is about how two female Bachelor of Fine Arts students (Chi Nguyen and Samantha Hargreaves) present their concerns and interest in feminism at the university.
The piece represents passion for arts and aims to trigger the audience’s inner feminist as well as motivate female students to make a breakthrough in their careers as well as daily lives.
Shiyao Yu: Camera operator
Hoang Ha Vien: Editor
Prachi Tyagi: Producer, interviewer
A huge thanks to Dr. Steven McIntyre and Megan Beckwith along with Daniel Hayward.
(Apologies for the typo in Samantha’s name in the video)