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9 Works by Queer & Feminist Artists

To celebrate International Women's Day, we have selected 9 diverse works by strong and powerful LGBTIQ+ female artists from the past 100 years.


Amrita Sher-Gil, Self Portrait as a Tahitian, 1934

Amrita Sher-Gil (1913 - 1941) was a Hungarian-Indian painter, often referred to as one of the main pioneers in modern Indian art. Her paintings often depicted Indian women as helpless, melancholic and lonely, at a time where they were often portrayed as satisfied and subservient.

Anna Calvi, Don't Beat the Girl out of My Boy, 2018

"I believe that gender is a spectrum. I believe that if we were allowed to be somewhere in the middle, not pushed to the extremes of performed masculinity and femininity, we would all be more free. I want to explore how to be something other than just what I’ve been assigned to be. I want to explore a more subversive sexuality, which goes further than what is expected of a woman in our patriarchal heteronormative society. I want to repeat the words 'girl boy, woman man', over and over, to find the limits of these words, against vastness of human experience." - Anna Calvi, Excerpt from her manifesto

Catherine Opie, Guillermo & Joaquin, 2013 Catherine Opie's "Guillermo & Joaquin" references her own self portrait inspired by the Madonna and child, provokes the concept of heteronormativity by putting a male figure in the breastfeeding role.

Kate Tempest, The Woman the Boy Became, 2014

The "Woman the Boy Became" is from Tempest's first full length poetry collection "Hold Your Own".

Laura Aguilar, Three Eagles Flying, 1990

Aguilar stated that she had initially asked a friend to pose for what eventually turned out to be a self-portrait. When she explained her idea, the friend declined and said, “It’s about you.”

Tamara De Lempicka, Group of Four Nudes, 1925 Tamara Łempicka (1898 - 1980) was a Polish painter who spent most of her working life in France and the US. She is best known for her powerful and erotic depictions of the nude female form.

Vaginal Davis, from Various Hags, 2012

"Various Hags" was made out of 64 paintings on cardboard, matchboxes, letterheads, envelopes; including makeup, glycerin, tempera, watercolor pencil, food coloring, mascara, nail polish.

Yishay Garbasz, Eat Me Damien, 2011

"Eat Me Damien" is a sculpture of Garbasz' formaldehyde-protected testicles removed during her gender affirmation surgery, a tongue in cheek response to Damien Hirst's “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.”.

Zanele Muholi, Tshidi Legobye and Pam Limekhaya, Meadowlands, Soweto, Johannesburg, 2006

Zanele Muholi is a South African artivist. Muholi's work focuses on race, gender and sexuality, often depicting marginalised African LGBTIQ+ individuals.