“Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men,” wrote the Disney company in 1938 in response to a female animator. It’s hard today not to treat Walt Disney worshipfully, as the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks” might have done, but remembering the Disney legacy must include honest reflection on his mistakes, mainly his sexism and ... Read More
Lee Materazzi and her mother are both photographers; while Materazzi works in fine art, her mother has formal training in commercial photography. In Materazzi’s new series on “disrupted domestic acts,” the mother and daughter’s divergent aesthetics come to a head, producing dynamic images that explore the very nature of domestic life.
Materazzi, who has often photographed her mother, allowed her mother to take over for ... Read More
The Australian welfare organization RISE, which advocates for the rights of refugees and those seeking asylum, recently released troubling information regarding the treatment of women detainees. Despite the millions of dollars invested in Australia's refugee centers and the funds for an abundant supply of products, many women do not have acceptable access to feminine hygiene products, having to ask SERCO officers for one or two tampons/pads at a ... Read More
From dazzling unicorn legs to Edenic serpentine arms, Sophie de Oliveira Barata’s imaginative prosthetic limb designs ignite childlike wonder and inspire visions of adventure and magic. Teaming up with a diverse group of artists and prosthetists to create custom limbs for her clients, de Oliveira Barata, who has advanced training in special effects prosthetics, has founded the Alternate Limb Project.
While modern advancements ... Read More
The activists of the global movement V-Day are ringing in the new year by rising against gender-based violence and abuse. About one billion women around the world are raped in their lifetime. On February 14, 2014, the world is invited to share stories of survival and support and cry for justice as part of the One Billion Rising campaign. Each year, one billion men and women will rise and participate in the action.
V-Day calls us to action, stating, ... Read More
Religious or not, many worship the Christmas tree. Within religious literature and the most personal family traditions, the tree represents birth and death; every winter, we might erect it and toss it aside weeks later, only to have it reborn next year. Sometimes we immortalize real trees with precious ornaments and family photographs that will be framed forever.
For those of us who mourn our trees after they leave our homes is Gergo ... Read More
For his touching series “One Day My Child You Will Be,” the famed photographer Malo reminds viewers of the attainability of childhood dreams. The work comprises a group of images in which his then 3-month-old daughter dresses for various careers and lifestyles. In a total breakdown of the gendered ways in which infants might be portrayed in the photos above the mantel, she becomes a superhero, a doctor, a ballerina, and even the first female ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of prostitution
While on display at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects little over a week ago, Malerie Marder’s thirty portraits hung unframed, pinned simply to the wall. Part of the artist’s first solo show, each photograph in Anatomy depicts one of the Netherlands’s diverse group of legal sex workers. The work is also available in book form.
In previous projects, Marder has ... Read More
Melissa Zexter’s photographs are unlike any you’ve ever seen. Marrying photography and embroidery, she hand-stitches illustrations over her intimate portraits of women and children. In each image, she heightens the drama of quiet moments of reflection with explosive patterns and bursts of color. With an interest in exploring representations of femininity, Zexter enters a beautiful and imaginative world all her own.
To this day, ... Read More
Nicole Salgar is one of those street artists who can stop you dead in your tracks. Her epically sprawling and impossibly intricate murals transport viewers into an electric fantasy. Drawing inspiration from everywhere from Barcelona to Gotham City, she and her partner Chuck Berrett add otherworldly texture to the busy streets of New York, inspiring moments of introspection and creative rebirth within even the most hurried passersby. Below, Salgar answers ... Read More