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Nov 26, 2023Liked by Dr Victoria Powell

Listened to the podcast yesterday Victoria! I could feel your excitement and irritation. I loved the description of the atmosphere in the exhibition. It fits so much with the almost relieved comraderie bound by common experience

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Loved this consideration of the exhibition, which sounds amazing, Victoria! Right up my street. I think your comments on the FT review are totally valid. Thank you for sharing :)

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Nov 24, 2023Liked by Dr Victoria Powell

Thank you for this amazing piece and discussion here. Alessandra’s statement was definitely something. Thank you for drawing attention to this too. And the ‘informer’’s statement left me speechless about people’s mindset.

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Thank you for this post - I wouldn't have come across this exhibition otherwise and now your passionate vivid description of it has gotten me to plan a visit!

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Definitely. The stagnant sexism that is extant within the bureaucracy of all artistic organizations around the world is proof enough.

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There's a word that keeps flashing in my mind in these days of political and social amnesia, caused mostly by the dopamine hits of social media, and that's context. Western society seems to have forgotten the value of understanding, and understanding through context. Nothing happens in a vacuum, in politics or in art.

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This point of invisibility can’t be stated enough. You really pack punch into your criticism of this FT Review, and rightly. What really strikes me is the way you felt immersed in the experience of this exhibition. It’s as if the reviewer went alone or after hours -- how could one ignore the buzz you describe? Your article brings up so many important points and questions, especially about the necessity of the continuation of this dialogue.

Trying to squeeze in a visit myself!

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Lovely piece (and great job with your voiceover, too). This reminds me of an old debate from graduate school, about whether cultural artifacts such as advertisements might be "texts." I enjoyed experimenting with that cultural studies approach as a teacher, and while I think it has some limits, you've outlined fantastic examples here. I'm reminded of an exhibit I once saw in Philadelphia with many artifacts from the 1910s, leading up to the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920 (so recently). The one that struck me the most was a Christmas stocking that said, simply, "Bring a vote for Mother."

Here's another gem: https://tinyurl.com/4yknu8k3

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Nov 23, 2023Liked by Dr Victoria Powell

Great article. And thank you for drawing my attention to the story of Aleksandra. An extraordinary human being, and incredibly brave.

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Nov 23, 2023Liked by Dr Victoria Powell

Fascinating read👏

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Thanks so much for this review. I’m down in London for work pre-Christmas and this will be our treat (skipping gifts, she got tickets, I’m buying the nice lunch!) Whenever I think about the things I’ve liked most in an exhibition, it’s often the small everyday bits, the ephemera versus the showstopper.

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