The art world is grounded in the gendered and undervalued work of social reproduction. Thus, the high female presence in the newcomer arts scene is not circumstantial but a common trait of an increasingly gendered art world. Drawing from dialectical historical materialist anti-racist Marxist-feminism and existing literature, this research explored the conditions in which newcomer female artists come to engage with the Toronto art world, and how do their experiences are imbricated by the power relations that constitute a gendered society. Through interviews with eight cis-women who identified as newcomer artists, I present a description of their intersecting experiences across gender, racial hierarchies and capitalist social relations embedded in the Toronto art world.
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