Wom3n (2011)

Curated by Anaval23
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Women are expected to play a myriad of roles. Most women feel pressured to perform these roles that are implemented by our society because they believe that if they do not conform, they will be seen as social outcasts. Society tells us that because of the biological differences between men and women, the two genders must act differently by limiting behavior expectations. In this exhibit, I explore how these five artists counter the societal norms that are expected of women and how those norms affect women's lives. In "BKPC (Barbie & Ken Politically Correct)" , G.H. Hovagimyan uses memes of an interracial doll couple to tell a narrative love story. Hovagimvan satirizes Mattel's idea of the ideal couple by organizing the memes as a narrative which also brings up the idea of the expectations imposed on women to not date outside of their race. This piece puts out the question: who helps us mold our identity? Through this piece one sees that identity, not only women's identity but identity in general, is imposed by society through mediums like the media starting at a young age. Evelin Stermitz's "World of Female Avatars" is an interactive website that encourages users to learn about the way women view themselves by clicking on random circles floating around the page. Stermitz allows for these women who feel oppressed by a stereotype of what a "women" is forced to be, to make an avatar to represent what they want their bodies to be remembered as. This piece ties in to the idea that women are taught to be a certain way since birth because of the biological differences between them and men. The third piece is one from Juliet Davis, called “Pieces of Herself.” This piece is set up as an interactive website where one arranges objects that act as pieces of a women’s everyday life by dragging them into a blank female body. Like in real life, one can chose the environment where they want to be but each has a significant response when put into the blank body. These responses are actual audio clips form conversations with women which is a significant factor because like “World of Female Avatars”, it gives us different views of the body straight from women. “A Kodak Moment” by Miklos Legrady is series of erotic photos that can provide commentary on how women are viewed by society; as sexual objects. Legrady explores a concept of identity that helps the universal women’s cause by positively objectifying sexuality as a weapon possessed by specifically by women. He goes on to say, “This work is a positive process of being objectified, where objectifying is not about distance but closeness.” The last piece is a YouTube video by Jasper Gregory entitled "This is What a Transwoman Looks Like." The narrator talks about how he views himself as a transwoman, a man who wants to possess feminine attributes, yet by doing so he objectifies what he believes that being a woman entails. Because he choses to keep his physical male attributes, he does not have the experience as most women do yet he empathizes with their struggles. All of these pieces explore the meaning of being a women and the role that society imposes on them through different forms of media.

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