art, author: Erin, feminist art, pop culture

The Radical Vulnerability of Yoko Ono

This essay appears in Boshemia Magazine: Technology & the Sublime. Above portrait of Yoko Ono by Pirelli/Annie Leibovitz.

If you were to ask your average person to tell you one thing they know about Yoko Ono, they would probably reply that she’s the woman who broke up The Beatles. Maybe they would call her a homewrecker. For decades, this narrow portrayal of Ono has been spat out in the tabloid press, which categorizes women according to three classic stereotypes: the virtuous, virginal woman, the seductress, and the hag. Very seldom are women allowed to blur these lines and occupy real lives full of conflict and character. But a closer study of Ono’s life reveals a thunderous force in an art movement that continues to echo through the 21st century.   Continue reading

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art, Author: Eileen E., bodies, boshemia magazine, Boshemia Staff, feminist art, interview, long read, photography, Q & A

Brazilian Women Tell Their Stories of Illegal Abortions in Camila Cavalcante’s “Nós Por Todas”

Camila Cavalcante is a UK-based Brazilian activist and photographer who has dedicated her career to documenting the lives of women who have been impacted by restrictive abortion laws. Camila’s recent project, Nós Por Todas, (Portuguese for Us For All), explores the idea of the female body as a confrontational space and challenges the stereotypical narrative of women who receive abortions. By photographing the bodies of women who have had illegal abortions and sharing their experiences, Nós Por Todas works to bring urgency to the debate around women’s reproductive rights in Brazil.

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art, Author: Eileen E., feminist art, photography

Women in the Workplace in Caroline Russell’s ‘corp.’

Caroline Russell is a Washington, D.C. artist exploring feminist issues while pushing the boundaries of the materiality of photographs. Her latest project, corp. explores how young women are hypersexualised in the workplace. Inspired by her experience at a summer job in college, when a coworker told her that her appearance was “distracting the men,” Russell was moved to investigate this sexist attitude through her art. corp. is an experiment that coalesces pornographic images with stereotypes of women in the workplace. The resulting series is confrontational and hauntingly beautiful.

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Art + Feminism // Wikipedia, Representation & Art

Can you name five women artists? Off the top of your head, no Googling or asking a friend. Put that smartphone away, please. No cheating. Take a minute. It is okay if their names do not fly to the forefront of your mind immediately. I’ll wait. If you can name five women artists, go ahead and do something for me. Bring that phone back out and tweet, Instagram, or post to Facebook (or whatever social media platform you dig right now) their names using the hashtag #5womenartists. Challenge others to do the same. Toss the question into conversations. Surprise attack people with it. Try, “the service at this restaurant was great, but I wish the food had been better. By the way, can you name five women artists?” or “I love you, too, but can you name five women artists?” Continue reading

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Why I’m Thankful for Janelle Monáe

Guest writer Anna has recently finished her undergrad in Edinburgh and is now pursuing female empowerment, advocacy, and human rights projects. She loves Marvin Gaye and glitter.

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Just when I thought Monáe the Bae couldn’t get any cooler after her incredible speech at Grammys earlier this year – she did. Back in January, Monáe took to the stage to address the industry and the world at large on issues regarding the #MeToo phenomenon and Time’s Up:

“To those who would dare silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up…. We have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well,” Monáe warned. “Let’s work together, women and men, committed to creating safer work environments and equal pay.”

I shared her powerful warning that ‘we are human beings … We come in peace, but we mean business’ on every social media platform at my disposal and fell in love with her forever.

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author: Eve, feminist art, music, pop culture

Suck My Culture // riot grrrl punk in Plymouth

 Suck My Culture is a 5-woman punk band who are reigniting feminist discourse in Plymouth. Recently involved in a city-wide art exhibition, We The People Are The Work, and fundraising for domestic violence charities with their music, they have proven themselves to be not just cultured, but conscious and committed to the riot grrrl movement. V was lucky enough to chat with them.

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colours of modern girlhood // the illustrations of Megan Gabbey

Megan Gabbey is an illustrator based in Bournemouth, currently undertaking her third and final year at Arts University Bournemouth. Her work focuses on her perspective of what it means to be a girl, drawing upon her life experiences to create illustrations that are relatable and comical for her viewers. She mainly use digital process and bright colours to convey her style and personality.

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You can find her work on instagram @megangabbeyillustration, and on Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/megangabbey.

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