All My Independent Women: An Art Network on Gender Issues

By Carla Cruz and Catarina Carneiro de Sousa.

Published by The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

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All My Independent Women (AMIW) is an ongoing artistic project based on the debate around gender issues. Its primary aim is to bring to light feminist practices, underrepresented in the Portuguese context. This project was initiated in Portugal but expanded beyond national borders, and now takes place irregularly in various parts of the world. In this article, we will focus on the importance of this international network that grows each year and the way the Internet enhances this process. The several editions have taken the form of art exhibitions that materialize the collective reading of Portuguese feminist books — first “Dicionário da Crítica Feminista / Dictionary of Feminist Criticism” and later, “Novas Cartas Portuguesas / New Portuguese Letters”, both milestones of Portuguese feminist thought. However, the project went beyond the conventional exhibition format by expanding itself in cyberspace, through the use of social media and online virtual environments: the metaverse.

Keywords: Collaboration, Gender, Feminism, Metaverse

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Volume 10, Issue 4, December, 2015, pp.11-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: November 25, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 758.335KB)).

Carla Cruz

PhD Student, Visual Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK

Catarina Carneiro de Sousa

Assistant Professor, Comunicação e Arte, Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Portugal