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
  You know the stereotype: men are better at math than women. Of course it’s not accurate, but it turns out that the stereotype itself may be negatively affecting our math performance. In a recent study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, Indiana University’s Katie J. Van Loo and Robert J. Rydell suggest that women are negatively affected by seeing models of male dominance within the context of math.   For the study, ... Read More
  Like children, our dogs are often our surrogates; we project our most profound desires and our silliest musings onto them, and they stare back at us with loving and knowing eyes. It’s said that dogs and their human companions begin to look alive and share mannerisms after a long friendship.     For New York City’s high fashion elite, there’s a doggie universe that caters to the most extravagant dreams of luxury. In her ... Read More
  When we think of women’s fashion in the Victorian era now, we might remember its ties to the fight for suffrage. The great Amelia Bloomer saw corsets and layers of petticoats as inhibiting to women’s movement, and she sported bloomers as a means of aesthetically conveying womankind’s capability. With bloomers, we could easily hop on over to the voting booth. Of course, women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony disagreed, ... Read More
  An 18-year old Egyptian contestant on Middle Eastern hit series “Arabs Got Talent” recently took the stage and began to rap: “My body is only mine.” This brave young woman is Myam Mahmoud, and she uses her art to spur discussions on women’s lives in the Middle East. Although she did not win the televised contest, Mahmoud hopes to inspire other women to speak out against violence and harassment.  She tells The Associated ... Read More
  In the late 1880s, Kodak released the box camera, the first camera available to the masses. Prior to its release, cameras were typically popular amongst trained scientists and artists, but the box introduced the ease of the snapshot; its tagline read, “You Press The Button, We Do The Rest.” Families who might not have been able to afford painted portraits could capture memories in film; the Kodak moment was born.     For $25, ... Read More
  On December 26th, eight brave young women photographed themselves as they mailed letters of complaint against companies that discriminated against women in the hiring process to governmental human resources organizations. Targeting companies based in Henan and Yunnan Provinces and cities like Beijing, Guangzhou, and Nanjing, the female activists hope to change the work environment that awaits them after college. Since the 1970s, the wage gape between ... Read More
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