These past few months have certainly reminded us all of the undeniable injustices associated with gender inequality and how they are deeply entrenched in society’s day-to-day. The recognition for gender equality has gained unprecedented momentum through global phenomenons like Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, making this year’s International Women’s Day particularly meaningful.
But what’s in our power to address this inequality? There’s obviously no obligation to build a placard and hit the streets. Each to their own interpretation and personal convictions. One thing though, International Women’s Day shouldn’t be mistaken as an exclusively feminist initiative. It’s a fantastic opportunity to remind everyone about our mission as a society, to strive for equality amongst individuals and challenge the status-quo. This spectrum of interpretations has clearly influenced the creative outputs of our artist community, which is why we choose to expose a range of their artworks today. Be inspired by these talented artists and how they incorporate gender in their work.
1. Humour and Equality
Some prefer a light-hearted approach. This piece by Francisco Fonseca captures equality in a nutshell as he puts together of pattern of bums in all shapes and sizes, regardless of gender. It manages to defy the conventions of traditionally sexualised body parts while remaining fun and playful. Similarly, Blink Blink’s ‘Dancing Femmes’ print can be interpreted more as a celebration rather than a denigration of the female body.
2. Self-love and Independence
Others press for progress from the inside. Cafelab encourages us to pay less attention to the normative pressures of society and focus more inwardly on self-love. Along these lines, Lucia Mercedes’ piece ‘Abstract Woman’ evokes self-confidence and authenticity to oneself.
3. Vision and Empowerment
Finally, the expressive types who have no shame in sharing their views. Sara Shakeel created a sensation this year with her glitter stretch mark collages on Instagram. Shakeel’s work is all about unconventional composition as she assembles innocent and controversial elements in her artwork. She’s certainly not afraid to voice her views on social taboos relating to body-shaming, drugs and sexuality. Human Indigo is another collage artist, whose work focuses on beautiful woman of various ethnicities, bringing an additional angle of diversity to the conversation of gender equality.
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