Posts Tagged Art

(L-R) Synead Nichols & Umaara Elliott, Millions March planners

The Feministing Five: Synead Nicholas and Umaara Iynaas Elliot

Last weekend, two young black women activists and artists, Synead Nichols, 23, and Umaara Iynaas Elliot, 19, co-organized New York’s massive Millions March, which was held in response to the recent incidents of racist police violence in both Ferguson and New York.

Last weekend, two young black women activists and artists, Synead Nichols, 23, and Umaara Iynaas Elliot, 19, co-organized New York’s massive Millions March, which was held in response to ...

Black woman wearing glasses with a beaded glasses chain reading Black Feminist Thought

Fashion and Feminism: Taja Lindley of Colored Girls Hustle

I used to think that if I was going to be a Serious Feminist, I would have to give up my eyeliner and outfits. It wasn’t until years later that I would come to realize exactly how misogynist that was, how deeply the devaluation of the artistic elements of fashion is actually due to its proximity to the feminine.

I used to think that if I was going to be a Serious Feminist, I would have to give up my eyeliner and outfits. It wasn’t until years later that I would come to realize exactly how ...

Artist stitches catcalls into beautiful needlework

Playing off of the idea of a hope chest, artist Elana Adler has created a series of hand-stitched needlework samplers showcasing all the catcalls she’s received. Calling them a “beautification of an assault,” she explains the project:

It is a contemporary feminist interpretation of women’s work and an objectification of my personal experience. Each captures a moment, giving these words a visual presence, a power, and a state of concreteness. These words were hurled casually and heard quickly but required hours of time-consuming, careful stitching.

Playing off of the idea of a hope chest, artist Elana Adler has created a series of hand-stitched needlework samplers showcasing all the catcalls she’s received. Calling them a “beautification of an assault,” she ...

Keeping Marissa in mind

I was honored to participate in this campaign, Keeping Marissa in Mind, organized by the extraordinary activist Mariame Kaba. The poem I’m reading in this video is called “Flare” and it’s written by National Book Award winner Nikky Finney

I was honored to participate in this campaign, Keeping Marissa in Mind, organized by the extraordinary activist Mariame Kaba. The poem I’m reading in this video is called “Flare” and it’s written by ...

Fashion and Feminism: A chat with Ana Marcela Villa of AKV

Most of my life, my gender presentation has been pretty feminine. I’ve always been interested in makeup, always interested in clothes. But there was a period of a few years when I toned it down: when I was first being introduced to feminism. I thought that if I was going to be a Serious Feminist, I would have to give up my “oppressive” eyeliner and outfits. It wasn’t until years later that I would come to realize exactly how misogynist that was, how deeply the devaluation of the artistic elements of fashion is actually due to its proximity to the feminine. And yet, even within queer and feminist community, this attitude persists. So in an effort to further the dialogue ...

Most of my life, my gender presentation has been pretty feminine. I’ve always been interested in makeup, always interested in clothes. But there was a period of a few years when I toned it down: when I ...

The Feministing Five: Emma Sulkowicz

Emma Sulkowicz is my new favorite feminist artist, having displaced Frida and Queen Bey. This past week, Emma debuted her senior art thesis, “Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight,” in the midst of her first week of her senior year at Columbia University in New York. For those of you who need a refresher, Emma has created a performance work where she will carry a mattress with her across campus unless her rapist is forced out of school or leaves campus. Her initial announcement was met with much attention across the national media. Here at Feministing, we have continued to cover her debut, as well as concurrent student protests against Columbia’s inefficient sexual assault policies. 

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Emma Sulkowicz is my new favorite feminist artist, having displaced Frida and Queen Bey. This past week, Emma debuted her senior art thesis, “Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight,” in the midst of her first week of her ...

Feministing Readz: Kim Gordon’s Is It My Body?

Rock star and role model Kim Gordon is best known for her band, Sonic Youth, but she’s also always been a visual and performance artist. For those who know Gordon primarily as a musician, “Is it My Body? Selected Texts,” a collection of her writings on art and performance published this past May by Sternberg Press, is intriguing. At the same time as Sonic Youth was reshaping the New York art scene in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Gordon was writing, in a refreshingly flat prose style across multiple genres, about the liminal spaces between art and music, object and performance, pop sensibility and post-medium/post-punk formations, masculine and feminine. Some of her texts are ...

Rock star and role model Kim Gordon is best known for her band, Sonic Youth, but she’s also always been a visual and performance artist. For those who know Gordon primarily as a musician, “Is it ...

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