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In 1985 the Museum of Modern Art\, New York\, staged an exhi bition titled An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture\, which included 169 artists out of which only 17 were women. In the pre ss release the curator stated ‘Any artist who is not in my show should reth ink his career’. In response to this exhibition and statement\, the group G uerilla Girls took form and vowed to fight sexism in the international art scene. In 2011 things have improved on an institutional plane\, but the com mercial art world is often still behind\, with many commercial gallery list s showing only a small percentage of women artists. In an era where women a rtists are making some of the most dynamic and interesting art\, the conclu sion can only be that this imbalance is down to economics\, the lack of pre ssure to change and latent sexism.

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When is a human being a woman? brings together diverse practices that consider gender roles\, identity\, agency and representation. The works point in many directions: strong female role models are held up\, feminist art history is paid tribut e to\, a history of expressions of the body is constructed\, stereotypical gender roles are questioned and alternatives are suggested. The title Wh en is a human being a woman? is taken from Invisible Adversaries \, a 1980s film by Valie Export. The protagonist never answers her own stat ement\, but speculates that the experience of the female body is both perso nal and alien\, both a subject and an object. Whilst artists continuously e xamine their subject position\, feminism has reemerged (if it ever went awa y) as a strong force in questions surrounding the production of art.

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