NAGA BUAH: An Ecofeminist Music Project by Kodi Twiner
WHAT IS ECOFEMINISM
Ecofeminism is an academic and activist ideology, sprung from the intersection of feminist, peace and ecology movements of the late 70s and early 80s (Mies & Shiva 2014).
‘Radical scholarship’ was and is fundamental to the ecofeminist movement.
Drawing on the insights of ecology, feminism, and socialism, ecofeminism’s basic premise is that the ideology which authorises oppressions such as those based on race, class, gender, sexuality and physical abilities, and species, is the same ideology that sanction the oppression of nature. Ecofeminism calls for an end to all oppressions, arguing that no attempt to liberate women (or any other oppressed group) will be successful without an equal attempt to liberate nature (Gaard 1993).
Taking influence from previous political and feminist musicians,
brings ecofeminism into dialogue with artistic practice, in efforts to catalyse the positive forces of a creative Anthropocene through liberation of women and nature.
A core value of ecofeminism lies in it’s plurality and intersectionality, which can be likened to a ‘patchwork quilt’ constructed of ‘patches’ from different social, historical and materialist contexts (Cuomo 2002).
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