The validity of the term ‘women’s art’ was still being contested. The feminist movement in the country was yet to extend its binaries to include the whole map into the discourse and women artists were still struggling with the concept of a gender based representation. Expression was an initiative towards consolidating that tentative moment. The next decade witnessed many such initiatives all over the country inspired by Expression. Many of the young artists, academics and activists (Susie Tharu, Chandralekha, Nilima Sheikh, Anuradha Kapur, Anamika Haksar, Flavia Agnes, Maya Rao, Neera Adarkar, Vidya Rao, Neela Bhagwat, Pushpa Bhave, Nalini Malani, N. Pushpamala, Sheela Gowda etc.) who participated in the festival have grown to be the finest voices in the country. 

Expression was the founding stone of Majlis, which was founded by Flavia Agnes, Neera Adarkar, Meenal Patel, Mitra Parikh and Madhusree Dutta in 1991.
 


 

 

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