Tractor drivers, mothers and nudes: decoding the feminine in East German public sculptures

Jenkins, Jessica ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Tractor drivers, mothers and nudes: decoding the feminine in East German public sculptures. In: Decoding Dictatorial Statues. Onomatopee . Onomatopee, Eindhoven. ISBN 978-94-91677-98-4

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Abstract / Summary

Socialist ideals of womanhood produced new tropes which embodied the attempts to release women from bourgeois notions of femininity. At the same time, the feminine and sexualized figure retained currency through its long tradition within mainstream Western art which continued to exert influence in the GDR, in part because gender and identity were not part of the Marxist ideological framework which determined artistic policy. The chapter identifies where “the feminine” can be observed in established codes of stance, gesture, expression, clothing and hair, and ask where it may have sought to resist or conform to expectations of socialist womanhood as this struggled with its own internal contradictions of seeking both equality and maintaining difference.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public Sculpture, Gender, Femininity, East Germany, German Democratic Republic, Equality, Women, Representation.
ISBN: 978-94-91677-98-4
Subjects: Arts > Historical
History > International
Arts > Landscape & Area Planning
Arts > Sculpture
Arts > Symbolism, allegory, myth & legend
Courses by Department: The School of Communication > Graphic Design
Depositing User: Jessica Jenkins
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2019 15:34
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:26


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