Posts Tagged Art

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. 

To ...

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 ...

The Feministing Five: Elrod

Coming to you in a glitter-covered portrait of low riders and the big-haired ladies who ride ‘em, Elrod and the Femme Cartel present “VaVa Vroom!” at the Betti Ono gallery  in Oakland, CA, opening on Friday, July 4th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The exhibit, which will be open until August 9th 2014, displays Elrod’s newest creations that place a feminist lens on this subculture, presenting lowrider women holistically with their deep gazes and bold personalities.

While doing research for this interview, I was really excited to learn more about the women who are a part of the lowrider scene (watch the trailer for “The Unique Ladies,” a documentary about the first all-woman Low Rider club, here) and ...

Coming to you in a glitter-covered portrait of low riders and the big-haired ladies who ride ‘em, Elrod and the Femme Cartel present “VaVa Vroom!” at the Betti Ono gallery  in Oakland, CA, opening on ...

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 ...

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