A Piece of Land

VOICES, PHOTOGRAPHS, BITS, PIECES
FROM KATE MILLET FARM

Collected and edited by S.O.J. 2014

In the early days in the movement, when we had a really good party or a really good time, we'd tease and say that this was life after the revolution. I wanted to do that on a big scale. I wanted to see if we could find some little corner of the world to live in, where we could live the life we imagined, but couldn't live in the rest of the world.
Well now it seems to mee…if you're going to believe in a certain way to live after you fix everything, you ought to have a taste of it now just to see if it's worth it. And have some experience at that so you know how to do it and you could work on it. So that´s the purpose of what is otherwise a kind of utopian scheme. If it weren't connected with the whole notion of social change going on in the real world that you´re also comitted to, you'd just be running away.

- Kate Millett, The Farm, July 1985

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”We are intrigued by The Farm both as an artist colony, a feminist community and as a social experiment. But most of all because of its act of opposition.”
A Piece of Land focuses on the ongoing interdisciplinary art project about the communal life at Millett Farm.

In 1978, feminist author, Kate Millett founded an art colony for women in Poughkeepsie USA that remained in operation until the beginning of the new millennium. The colony was founded out of a belief that a gender-specific community would provide an environment where women artists could work unencumbered by social stigma.
Millett is best known for Sexual Politics (1970) and her ground-breaking work for women’s liberation. She was a member of both the feminist and gay liberation movements that inspired feminist and lesbian separatist cultural and communal experiments in the 1970s. Millett Farm evolved from incorporating elements of the radical feminist – gay liberation – and avant-garde movements.
2010 Kate Millett invited S.O.J. to stay with her at The Farm, that became the starting point for our cultural portrait of this unique community. A close friend of Millett told us that The Farm was a workshop of Kate’s mind. Many past residents from The Farm talk about Millett’s strong vision for the colony, creating a experimental community devoted to both the production and the discussion of art made by women.

We would like to thank all the women, past residents at Millett Farm, that we interviewed for this book and a special thanks to Anne B. Keating, who was a resident between 1985 and 1995. Texts, research and diaries from her dissertation “A World We Have Invented Here”: Exploring Community, Identity and Art in the Construction of “The Farm” from 1995 set the ground for this book. The photographs were taken and sent to us by Michelle Koals and Jane Winter, also past residents at Millett Farm.

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Resellers in Sweden
Marabouparken Sundbyberg
Konst-ig Stockholm (available for purchase online)
Bildmuseet Umeå
Göteborgs Konsthall
Malmö Konstmuseum
Moderna Museet Stockholm
Aspuddens Bokhandel

Resellers in USA
Printed Matter New York (available for purchase online)
Otherwild, Los Angeles (available for purchase online)