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Reviews by Kate Wadkins

Kate Wadkins

Kate Wadkins is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer pursuing an MA in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the founding web editor of RE/VISIONIST and co-editor of International Girl Gang Underground, a compilation zine. She has written for Maximum Rocknroll, For the Birds, Elevate Difference, and Sadie Magazine, among others. On the weekends she manages Storefront gallery in Bushwick, and she has proudly interned for Le Tigre. Kate is a founding member of For the Birds Collective as well as a coffee enthusiast, bass player, and rabble rouser.

Riot Grrrl: Traces of a Movement (11/06/2010)

Printed Matter’s annual New York Art Book Fair is one of my favorite events of the year. Featuring many vendors that utilize do-it-yourself modes of production and aesthetics, it is an event that appeals to my artistic practices, and often my political ones as well. A conference accompanies the book fair itself, and among this year’s sessions was the panel "Riot Grrrl: Traces of a Movement."

Critical Intersections: Reproductive and Economic Justice Conference (9/22/2010)

On an unseasonably hot and humid day in September, I took the train from Brooklyn to 116th Street to attend the Critical Intersections: Reproductive and Economic Justice conference, which was held at Barnard College's new Diana Center. Having suffered a massive allergy attack due to the weird weather, I shuffled quickly across the Barnard campus and entered just as the conference's feature film and lunch break were finishing up.

Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South

Hannah Rosen's Terror in the Heart of Freedom is an essential historical document. This text is a detailed analysis of the connection between gendered rhetoric, sexual violence, and the oppression and resistance of freed people during the reconstruction era.

This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That

Marnie Stern was brought to my attention by one of my favorite shredders, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females. This could not be more appropriate as Marnie Stern is also a shredder. I could not help but be intrigued by this album. The cover art (by Bella Foster) grabbed me immediately with its watercolor and pencil styling of dreamy forest imagery recalling Henry Darger.