Join four incredible women for a panel on sex and representation in discussion with MCA’s Senior Curator Rachel Kent. Wangechi Mutu is a visual artist whose collages focus on black female representation in popular culture; Emily Maguire’s Princesses and Pornstars: Sex + Power + Identity examines the treatment of women; and the University of Sydney’s Dr Juanita Ruys’ work explores issues of sexuality, including the sexual appetites attributed to demons, in the Middle Ages.
* Due to a back injury, Naomi Wolf does not have medical clearance to travel to the Festival and participate in this event as originally scheduled. Writer and feminist Catharine Lumby will now be joining the panel.
Change from printed program: Due to a back injury, Naomi Wolf does not have medical clearance to travel to the Festival and participate in this event as originally scheduled. Writer and feminist Catharine Lumby will now be joining the panel.
Wangechi Mutu (International)
Wangechi Mutu was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and has trained as both a sculptor and anthropologist. Her work explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics and the international fashion industry. She has exhibited at major institutions such as Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; Kunsthalle Wien Museum, Vienna; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Wangechi Mutu was the recipient of Deutsche Bank’s first Artist of the Year award in 2010.
Dr Juanita Feros Ruys is director of the Sydney Node of the Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Sydney. She specialises in Medieval Latin and her research focuses on medieval approaches to autobiography, sexual temptation, suicidal emotions, and the emotions attributed to demons. She is a specialist in the writings of the medieval thinkers Abelard and Heloise and has just completed a book on the late life poetry written by Abelard. historyofemotions.org.au/
Rachel Kent is the Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Rachel has presented exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the USA and Canada. She speaks and publishes widely on contemporary art and curatorial practice, and is the curator of Wangechi Mutu’s solo exhibition currently on display at the MCA. Forthcoming exhibitions include a five decades survey by contemporary artist and performer Yoko Ono.
Emily Maguire is the author of four novels and two non-fiction books. Her articles and essays on feminism, sex and culture have been published widely including in The Monthly, The Weekend Australian and The Age. She is a 2010 The Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year and the recipient of the 2011 NSW Writer’s Fellowship. Her latest book is the novel Fishing for Tigers. emilymaguire.com.au
Catharine Lumby is the author and co-author of six books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is currently writing a literary biography of the author Frank Moorhouse. Before entering academia in 2000, she was a journalist and opinion writer and has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC and The Bulletin magazine. Catharine is on the editorial boards of Public Communication Review, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and Feminist Media Studies. She was the foundation Chair of the Media and Communications Department at Sydney University and the foundation Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at UNSW. She joined Macquarie University in 2013. Communication and Media Authority, the Australian Sports Commission and the National Rugby League.