Art Week

Patriarchy-free Zone: An illustrated update!

Posted in Art Week, patriarchy-free zone on August 18th, 2010 by steph – 10 Comments

So after posting about the art week installation yesterday, I was asked to snap a pic of it if possible. So today, armed with my camera, I headed over to check it out again. I asked the awesome people keeping an eye on it if it was ok, and they said it was fine, and asked that I credit their collective; which, as I mentioned in the last post, is called We Are Optimistic.

So here are a few pictures for you all:

This doesn’t show the whole thing (only the chalkboard at the back, not any of the front bits that have info/scenarios on them), but the woman I spoke to (I am terrible at remembering names, really seriously bad) said that they’re planning to take some photos at the end of the week, so more updates may be in store. The installation will be up until Friday, and is available to contribute to during part of each day. I also heard about some plans to organise a feminist art/performance/workshop/forum later this year, which is very exciting news!

Patriarchy-free Zone

Posted in Art Week, patriarchy-free zone, Pro-choice on August 17th, 2010 by steph – 5 Comments

This week, in my neck of the woods, it’s Art Week. As part of it, there are lots of lovely installations up around campus, and as I was walking through the link I spied one of them: the Patriarchy Free Zone Imagination Station participatory installation (under artist on the website it says We Are Optimistic, so I’m not sure who to give these major props to!). Part of it is a huge blackboard type backdrop, with ‘What could your world look like without patriarchy?’ written across the top. And, because it is a participatory piece of work, people are free to write something (in response to the question) on it. When I had a look, there were lots of awesome comments; comments about a world without rape, a world where people aren’t expected to conform to gender norms about what they wear or how they act. One about how female children who are energetic and rough and tumble would just be called that and not called tomboys. One about how being smiled at by male strangers wouldn’t provoke defensive and suspiscious feelings. And one about how men too wouldn’t feel constricted by societal expectations to ‘be men’ (jocks, the breadwinner, the stud, etc). So much awesome in one place, and it made me very happy to know that there are people out there who are thinking about these things, and who are unhappy with these things, and realise the power that certain things can have. So this really made me happy.

I though I should write something, seeing as I clearly have an opinion on this topic. I wrote ‘It would be my body and my choice’. Which I intended to be about reproductive rights and choice, but really as I think about it, it applies to lots of other things; things that some of the other comments also touched on, like not feeling pressure to dress or act a certain way. So that was my addition, and I’m looking forward to seeing any new comments that pop up.