Judith inspires

13 May

Exhibition Essay by Jasmine Wahi – –

When I was still in the nascent stages of my art history love affair, I encountered Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian artist from the early seventeenth century who inspired me not only as a student hungering for controversy in art, but also as a budding women’s activist with the fire of Linda Nochlin’s ‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists’ (1971) burning in my heart. These sources strengthened my belief that Sexual, Intellectual, Religious, Professional, Creative, and Personal freedoms are just a few basic rights that all women are entitled to. Though there are still many areas where women are denied these basic rights, we have come far from where we were several centuries before. The matriarchs of art have brought us where we are today, and drawing from their strength, today’s creative and empowered women are able to continue pushing forward for universal practice of freedoms for all. This exhibition is an acknowledgement of progression from the social confines of the past and a look at the ‘rebellious’ imagery that continues to push us forward. It is a reinterpretation of the historical, religious and social views of women. Each work approaches overtly sexually suggestive or pugnacious imagery as a means to convey female empowerment in contemporary society. The distinctive use of ‘promiscuous’ symbolism and violence serves as a positive rebellion against the suppression of women as sexually and politically empowered beings.

Samira Abbassy, Kali's Mirror, 2005

Shweta Bhattad, Releasing Suppressed Emotions, 2011

Hamra Abbas, Paradise Bath 7, 2009

Anjali Bhargava, Breathless, 2009

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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Cacciatore


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