Training for Art and Femininity: Analysis of Life Stories of Contemporary Polish Artists

Karolina Sikorska


The article is an analysis of life stories of female visual artists connected with the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (Poland). It explores the specificity of women’s experiences and constitutes an attempt to examine the role models and gender hierarchies which dominate the artworld. The article emphasises two analytical categories – uncertainty and struggle – to demonstrate how they organise the life stories of female artists, and tries to explain how such life stories can lead to re-evaluation of the perception of art as a male profession and contribute to a greater appreciation of women’s activity in the artworld.

Słowa kluczowe: life stories, gender relationships, dominant role models, struggle, uncertainty

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