Justine Kurland ‘SCUMB Manifesto’ artist talk and book signing

Join us for a special event to mark International Women’s Day and the first anniversary of the V&A Parasol Foundation Women in Photography curatorial program

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Hochhauser Auditorium, Learning Centre

  • Free event

    Booking is essential.

Past Event

Inspired by Valerie Solanas’ SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto, SCUMB Manifesto introduces us to photographer Justine Kurland’s own uncompromising initiative: the Society for Cutting Up Men’s Books. This volume presents collages Kurland created by cutting up and reconfiguring photobooks by male artists, purging her personal library of 150 books by straight white men that have monopolized the photographic canon.

The nature of collage — heterogeneous, pulled apart, shape shifting, disrupted, cyborg, fantasy — has long made it a feminist strategy in life and in art. Kurland's ritual is restorative and loving: each work is a reclamation of history; a dismemberment of the patriarchy; a gender inversion of the usual terms of possession; and a modest attempt at offsetting a life of income disparity. While markedly different in style, the defiant female visions pictured in these compositions are a continuation of those depicted in Kurland’s earlier photographic projects Girl Pictures (1997–2002) and Mama Babies (2004–07). Each work in SCUMB sounds an electrifying call for freedom — the freedom to create, to destroy, to imagine, and to reshape our visual and social world.

Presented as part of the V&A Parasol Foundation Women in Photography Project.

Header image: © Justine Kurland