Mexican Feminism in Protest: The Photography of Ana Victoria Jiménez
28 February- 28 March 2019
Venue: Antechapel, Wadham College, Oxford
Booking required for opening night, please register here
Entry is free from 1st March 2019, no booking required
This 2019 exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the International Dinner Party (1979). For 24 hours, women across the world dined together in international feminist solidarity, sending photographs and telegraphs to American feminist artist Suzanne Lacy, who pinned red flags on an international feminist map. Ana Victoria Jiménez organised the Mexican Dinner Party and sent the above photograph to Suzanne Lacy to be pinned on the map. Inspired by the International Dinner Party, this exhibition seeks to expand the focus of feminist exhibitions in the UK. Contrary to the belief of many British art galleries, Frida Kahlo is not the only Mexican woman artist in the history of the world. The work of Ana Victoria Jiménez makes up one of the largest feminist archives in the world. This exhibition provides an introductory glimpse into this understudied and undercelebrated resource.
Introduction to Ana
Ana Victoria Jiménez was born in Mexico City in 1941. She did not have a high school degree, which was not an uncommon condition for women of her generation. This situation prevented her from attending university or art school. In the early 1960s she studied graphic arts at the Union of Linotype Press Workers (El Sindicato de los Artistas Gráficos) and soon after she began to earn a living as a typesetter in a print shop. While she had been interested in photography from an early age, it was not until 1974 that she was able to study photography at a technical college at night in order to complement her career in the graphics industry. Jiménez grew up in a context where students, artists, workers, and intellectuals had become politicized by worldwide events such as the Cuban Revolution (1953-1959) and the Vietnam War (1955-1975). She became interested in feminist issues because of her participation in the Communist Youth League of Mexico City. She was invited to attend a meeting about women’s rights, and ended up becoming one of the founding members of the Unión Nacional de Mujeres Mexicanas (UNMM) in 1964. The women were inspired by the various revolutions happening across Latin America, especially the Cuban revolution. Jiménez participated in many of the most important feminist movements, collectives, and protests in Mexico City between 1964-94.