“Stop trying to fit in that old corset”, Gaby Berglund Cardenas, detail of corset installation, 2013
“Our culture’s objectification of the female body disempowers women and limits our economic, political and professional influence. Gendered embodiment has always been fluid and plastic. Since the emergence of digital technology in the 1990s, there has been a constant rise in body anxiety among girls and women. When bombarded by the media with messages for us to feel defective unless we fix ourselves, we internalize it and become vulnerable, risking turning our bodies and minds into civil war zones. We modify, reshape, cover, and uncover, as fits the media ideal, through fashion corsets, diets, exercise and cosmetic surgery. We adorn ourselves with piercings and tattoos, bind, confine, and refine our contours; and learn to move in an out of step with societal expectations. Women’s bodies are scrutinized not only in the arts, advertising and pornography but also within politics. Bodies are coerced, bought and sold through prostitution, or reduced to property, objects of value. Women’s right to control their bodies becomes tangible in the movement for reproductive rights and in women’s health issues. It should give us a glimmer of hope that more women are rising to positions of power in the media. More women should also be engaged in politics. As real, authentic women have the power to make decisions, they also have the power to portray themselves and other women as real people in all shapes and sizes, accepting their ” imperfections” and taking control over their own bodies.” (extract from the catalog, about “Stop trying to fit in that old corset”)
CICA Museum, South Korea
January 26 – February 11 , 2017
Featured Artists 참여작가:
Sungmin Ahn/안성민, M.J. Alexander, Naama Attias, Manss Aval, Abigail Barefoot, Bartosz Beda, Caroline Byrne, CALEMBOUR, Gaby Berglund Cárdenas, Gary Duehr, Zac Endter,Janice Howard, Masha Ivanova, Zachary Jesse, Jeongeun Jo/ 조정은, Julian M Johnson, KELLEY, Kaisu Koski, Jinwoo Lee/이진우, Alves Ludovico, Alejandro Macias, Ella McCartney, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Naween Noppakun, Joanna Palmer, PWMD, Andre Rubin, Jen Vaughn, Richard Westerhuis, Lisa Willgress, Melissa Vogley Woods.
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