A non-hierarchical journal open to multivalent feminist

expression, research & critique of visual culture


We smash patriarchy.

© Guy Martin/Panos

What is MAI

MAI offers its readers intersectional feminist criticism of global visual culture. We publish creative and academic research on women in art and media. We are a collective of scholars, artists, writers, activists and thinkers who challenge patriarchy while celebrating women’s creativity and achievements.

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© Guy Martin/Panos

Our Mission

In our academic and creative work, we keep campaigning for gender equality and liberation of women from any form of political, social, cultural or discursive discrimination, be it visible or covert. Inspired by our patron, Swedish actor and film director, Mai Elisabeth Zetterling (1925-1994), we refuse to shut up.

MAI Manifesto
© Matt Gillespie

What We Do

We’re proud that our authors invest their talent and energy in exposing hegemonic, patriarchal practices in visual culture, as well as in commending women’s diverse resistance. We hope that our bi-annual publication of original scholarship, artwork and creative writing will stimulate non-hierarchical, transnational and multivalent feminist debates on both art and media.

© Guy Martin/Panos


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The team of MAI supporters and contributors is always expanding. We’re honoured to have a specialist collective of editors, whose enthusiasm & talent gave birth to MAI.

However, to turn our MAI dream into reality, we also relied on assistance from high-quality experts in web design, development and photography. Here we’d like to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to the feminist cause. Our feminist ‘thank you’ goes to:

Dots+Circles – a digital agency determined to make a difference, who’ve designed and built our MAI website. Their continuous support became a digital catalyst to our idealistic project.
Guy Martin – an award-winning and widely published British photographer who’s kindly agreed to share his images with our readers

Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
Matt Gillespie – a gifted professional British photographer who with no hesitation gave us permission to use some of his work
Julia Carbonell – an emerging Spanish photographer whose sharp outlook at contemporary women grasped our feminist attention
Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
And other photographers whose images have been reproduced here: Cezanne Ali, Les Anderson, Mike Wilson, Annie Spratt, Cristian Newman, Peter Hershey