Posts Tagged Art

Dear David Choe and others: Rape is not art

Before last week, I had never heard of David Choe. Quite frankly, I don’t give a fuck who he is. Apparently he’s a famous artist. Good for him.

David Choe also co-hosts a VICE podcast. Here’s what I do give a fuck about: on an episode of this podcast, David Choe details his experience of raping someone.

I’m not recounting the tale here. It’s disgusting. Gawker has the part of the transcript here, as well as the podcast. I want to talk about his response to being called a rapist. On his blog, he said:

I never thought I’d wake up one late afternoon and hear myself called a rapist. It sucks. Especially because I am not one. I am ...

Before last week, I had never heard of David Choe. Quite frankly, I don’t give a fuck who he is. Apparently he’s a famous artist. Good for him.

David Choe also co-hosts a VICE podcast. Here’s what ...

Quick Hit: Syreeta on racial bias in photography

This weekend, our own Syreeta chatted with NPR’s On The Media about her recent Buzzfeed piece on the bias against dark skin embedded in the very technology of film photography. Give it a listen. And if you haven’t read her piece yet, you should — it’s a lovely blend of personal narrative and fascinating cultural history.

This weekend, our own Syreeta chatted with NPR’s On The Media about her recent Buzzfeed piece on the bias against dark skin embedded in the very technology of film photography. Give it a listen. And ...

Art to inspire in the face of injustice: Claudia Silva Ferreira

Trigger warning: graphic police violence

On the morning of March 16th, Claudia Silva Ferreira left her house in Rio de Janeiro to buy bread. On her way, she was caught in a gun fight between drug traffickers and a pacifying police unit, who shot her. Claudia was placed in the back of a police vehicle to be taken to a nearby hospital, but on the way to the hospital, she fell out of the trunk. Caught on the car, her body dragged along the pavement for over two blocks. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Claudia was a poor black woman living in one of Brazil’s urban slums, known as favelas. 

The police later tried to claim ...

Trigger warning: graphic police violence

On the morning of March 16th, Claudia Silva Ferreira left her house in Rio de Janeiro to buy bread. On her way, she was caught in a gun fight ...

The Academic Feminist: Leah DeVun on feminist art and womyn’s lands

Welcome back, Academic Feminists. This edition features an interview with artist and historian Leah DeVun. Leah lives in New York and teaches women’s and gender history at Rutgers University. Her artwork has been featured in Artforum, Capricious, and LA Weekly and her scholarly work has appeared in Radical History Review and GLQ. “The L Word” fans may recognize her from her work as a commentator on the DVD of the Showtime series. Here, Leah discusses the connections between her scholarly work and her art, for example, by looking at the history of the womyn’s land movement and asking what it can tell us about current efforts to imagine communal ways of living. Leah concludes by discussing the legacy ...

Welcome back, Academic Feminists. This edition features an interview with artist and historian Leah DeVun. Leah lives in New York and teaches women’s and gender history at Rutgers University. Her artwork has been featured in ...

The Feministing Five: Riva Lehrer

Infusing her paintings with powerful activism, Riva Lehrer has explored such themes on the body, disability, and identity for over 20 years. She was born with spina bifida and has used her artwork to identify critical questions about bodies, creativity, and perspective. Her art has been featured in galleries and museums across the country, and Riva is also a writer and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Her work frequently is composed of portrait series like “Totems + Familiars” which addresses the connection between imagination, survival, and metaphor as well as “Mirror Shards” which extends her use of visual metaphor to explore human’s reliance upon animal symbols to produce empathy. We’ve included some ...

Infusing her paintings with powerful activism, Riva Lehrer has explored such themes on the body, disability, and identity for over 20 years. She was born with spina bifida and has used her artwork ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Can artists be good activists?

On the forgotten women of Fruitvale Station.

Gloria Steinem was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Charges have been filed in the Rehtaeh Parsons sexual assault case.

Three ways the U.S. immigration system is broken.

Should non-profit workers unionize?

Can artists be good activists?

On the forgotten women of Fruitvale Station.

Gloria Steinem was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Charges have been filed in the Rehtaeh Parsons sexual assault case.

Cool street art alert: “Women do not owe you their time or conversation”

We’ve mentioned this street art before when it popped up in Philly, although I didn’t know then who was behind it. According to NPR, these anti-street harassment posters are the work of artist Tatayana Fazlalizadeh who’s been dodging cops in the cover of darkness to put them up in her neighborhood in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Fazlalizadeh says the frequent cat calls she receives inspired her. “It happens almost daily to me,” she says, “so I wanted to express myself and speak up for myself.”

Update: Check out Fazlalizadeh’s Stop Telling Women to Smile Tumblr.

We’ve mentioned this street art before when it popped up in Philly, although I didn’t know then who was behind it. According to NPR, these anti-street harassment posters are the work of artist Tatayana ...

All Malala Everything

Let Malala Yousafzai be a reminder to all of us of strength, courage and unflinching determination to survive and succeed in a world that demands you to fail. The artists at Zen Pencils have created a beautiful and moving comic of Malala’s story, centering around her profound conviction of the right to educate girls in Pakistan.

As you may recall, Yousafzai was shot by Taliban gunmen for her advocacy work to educate Pakistani girls. Throughout her recovery, she has maintained her determination to secure her education so that she can continue to fight for the rights of girls in Pakistan.  She is a nominee for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. This week, after six month recovery in the hospital, Malala has ...

Let Malala Yousafzai be a reminder to all of us of strength, courage and unflinching determination to survive and succeed in a world that demands you to fail. The artists at Zen Pencils have created

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