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Feminist and queer arts activism (2020)
Book Chapter
Johnson, C. (in press). Feminist and queer arts activism. In B. Keith Alexander, J. Faber McAlister, & M. Niles Goins (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Communication. Routledge

This chapter adopts an historiographic approach to the field of feminist and queer arts activisms, which privileges ideas of affinity and resonance between artists of different generations rather than canonical notions of chronology, precedence and s... Read More about Feminist and queer arts activism.

Maternal art and post-natal wellbeing: Proximity and separation in Lena Simic’s Contemplation Time (2007-8) and Eti Wade’s Jocasta (2008) (2019)
Journal Article
Johnson, C. (2019). Maternal art and post-natal wellbeing: Proximity and separation in Lena Simic’s Contemplation Time (2007-8) and Eti Wade’s Jocasta (2008). Studies in the Maternal, 11(1),

This article discusses two photographic artworks that challenge popular narratives of failed or achieved maternal femininity. My readings of Lena Simic’s Contemplation Time: a document of maternity leave (2007-8) and Eti Wade’s Jocasta (2008) are inf... Read More about Maternal art and post-natal wellbeing: Proximity and separation in Lena Simic’s Contemplation Time (2007-8) and Eti Wade’s Jocasta (2008).

From nursing Virgins to brelfies: The project of maternal femininity (2019)
Journal Article
Johnson, C., & Rintoul, J. (2019). From nursing Virgins to brelfies: The project of maternal femininity. Journal of Gender Studies, 28(8), https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2019.1607267

Contemporary debates about breastfeeding are saturated with ideas about what constitutes ‘good’ and ‘bad’ mothering, ‘achieved’ or ‘failed’ femininity frequently derived from Christian representations of the Virgin Mother. In this article we trace de... Read More about From nursing Virgins to brelfies: The project of maternal femininity.

Waiting for Marina: Generosity and shared time in Marina Abramovic's 512 Hours (2018)
Journal Article
Johnson, C. (2018). Waiting for Marina: Generosity and shared time in Marina Abramovic's 512 Hours

This presentation examines Marina Abramović’s performance, 512 Hours (Serpentine Gallery, London, 2014) as a catalyst for thinking about forms of criticality needed to respond to contemporary conditions of neoliberal culture. I ask what kind of criti... Read More about Waiting for Marina: Generosity and shared time in Marina Abramovic's 512 Hours.

Gendered violence (2012)
Journal Article
Franklin, A., & Johnson, C. Gendered violence. Manuscript submitted for publication

What do radical feminist art films look like? Desire and duration in Sam Taylor-Wood’s David (2004) (2010)
Presentation / Conference
Johnson, C. (2010, September). What do radical feminist art films look like? Desire and duration in Sam Taylor-Wood’s David (2004). Paper presented at Radical British Screens

British feminist art practice has a rich heritage of radical filmmaking, which has contributed to an understanding of radical feminist practice as subversive and oppositional. Crucial as these strategies are, the grounds upon which they were founded... Read More about What do radical feminist art films look like? Desire and duration in Sam Taylor-Wood’s David (2004).

Emin is screaming: Empathy as affirmative engagement in Tracey Emin's Homage to Edvard Munch and All My Dead Children (1998) (2010)
Journal Article
Johnson, C. (2010). Emin is screaming: Empathy as affirmative engagement in Tracey Emin's Homage to Edvard Munch and All My Dead Children (1998). Parallax, 16(3), 96-104. https://doi.org/10.1080/13534645.2010.486676

This article explores the concept of empathy as an affirmative feminist engagement with Tracey Emin’s short film Homage to Edvard Munch and All My Dead Children (1998). I consider the ‘work’ that art does in terms of empathic possibility asking why t... Read More about Emin is screaming: Empathy as affirmative engagement in Tracey Emin's Homage to Edvard Munch and All My Dead Children (1998).

The embodied intellectual: Impression and contact as political currency (2008)
Presentation / Conference
Johnson, C. (2008, May). The embodied intellectual: Impression and contact as political currency. Paper presented at Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power, Ideas

This paper explores the idea of the embodied intellectual through notions of contact, impression and affect. Through my reading of Tracey Emin’s short film Why I Never Became a Dancer, 1995, I consider the relation of criticality to haptic visuality... Read More about The embodied intellectual: Impression and contact as political currency.

Performance photographs and the (un)clothed body: Yoko Ono's Cut Piece
Working Paper
Johnson, C. Performance photographs and the (un)clothed body: Yoko Ono's Cut Piece

This is a working paper. Clothing played an important role in a number of performance art events during the 1960s and 1970s. Performances such as Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece (1964), Marina Abramović’s Rhythm 0 (1974) and Hannah Wilke’s Super-T-Art (1974)... Read More about Performance photographs and the (un)clothed body: Yoko Ono's Cut Piece.