In the Mexico state Oaxaca, individuals assigned male who identify as female are adored and viewed as carriers of good fortune. Called “muxes,” these individuals have a culture and legendary history all their own. The story passed down is a magical one: the patron saint of the town Juchitán, named San Vincente Ferrer, is said to have dropped the muxes out of his weathered and hole-filled pockets when he travelled on a holy ... Read More
With all the “fit moms” and tabloid attention on “post-baby bodies,” we can lose sight of the fact that our beauty lies in our diversity. The fetishization of the mother with the "perfect body" is discouraging to women of all walks and phases of life, and it’s important to combat this kind of aggressive negativity by celebrating our bodies, minds, and lives. A few months ago, Maria Kang, often called “Fit Mom,” ... Read More
An empty home bears the weight of both loss and rebirth: it offers a strange sort of tabula rasa that is never completely blank, that carries memories that cannot be erased. My fiance and I moved into our first apartment just a few months ago, and we have spread all of our trinkets and memories amongst the mysterious evidence of residents past: an old air shower caddy, a large stain circling the dining room.
The subjective beauty of our own ... Read More
The photographer Rhiannon Schneiderman captivates viewers with her beautifully intimate yet political images. From her personal snapshots of friends and partner, captured on disposable cameras, to vivid and advanced digital renditions of bloody tampons and downy vulvas, she has built a name for herself as an outspoken feminist artist who creates work that is both beautiful and courageous. Schneiderman’s work challenges the aesthetic expectations of ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Artsy on Dec 16, 2013 |
The distinct experience of being a young woman is one of the most difficult things to capture. Petra Collins, in collaboration with Arvida Bystrom, has come pretty close to making the melancholy of those formative years tangible. (Perhaps you remember Petra Collins as the artist behind the controversial menstruating vulva t-shirt sold at American Apparel?)
Collins' photo series "Lines and Curves" wraps up the awkwardness we all experienced in a pastel ... Read More
Daniel Seung Lee. Pink Flamingo, #FC74FD
From Brick Red to Blush, the magic of Crayola crayons lies in their color names. While teaching to children a wide array of color, the utensils also teach us some of our first vocabulary words: I learned what a Flamingo was from a crayon! As we grow up, we can lose the sense of wonder brought on by a fresh box of Crayola crayons; unless we live in Pleasantville, the joy the fact of color often escapes ... Read More
In Flower Woman, the photographer Eunice Adorno enters the Mennonite community Nuevo Ideal, in Durango, and The Onda Zacatecas, hoping to scratch beneath the surfaces of stereotypes and uncover deeper truths about the women’s lifestyles. The character of the strict and austere Mennonite female is replaced with a more honest and nuanced exploration of female friendships and family.
The images are whimsical, displaying the women sporting ... Read More
I have loved the photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti from a young age; her poignant renditions of newborn and deceased animals on faraway farms broke my heart, translating something ineffable about growth and mortality. Arguably her most renowned series consists of her portraits of two Argentine girls living in rural Buenos Aires, a project which she stumbled into when they kept interrupting her photographic work on a friend’s ... Read More
“Imagine if someone erased your personality at age twenty. You have to figure out what kind of person you are without the first twenty years.” Ithaca, NY - 2012
Trigger Warning: This post contains descriptions of rape and sexual assault that may be triggering to survivors.
After her close friend was raped in college, the photographer Lydia Billings was devastated by the geographical distance between them, and she confronted her own feelings with ... Read More
Photoshop is so laughably overused in today’s media that it’s become a rarity to see an image untouched by digital doctoring. Photoshop allows advertisers to construct the modern fantasy face, and beauty product ads entice consumers with absurdly manicured images of the human form. In most cases, we know it’s not the product that makes one’s skin perfectly blemish-free but the digital alterations, yet we are are continuously urged-- ... Read More