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