Tag Archives: feminism

How Women Have Been Constricted by Design

Two works by Annica Cuppetelli, part of Measures of Constriction, detail view. (All images by the author._

DETROIT — “I love the history of dress in relation to women’s roles in society and women’s rights,” fiber artist Annica Cuppetelli told me during a walk through her solo show, Measures of Constriction, at K. Oss Gallery. “It’s crazy to think about roles, and how dresses restricted us, or [activism] opened it up. Once we got free from the corset, which was also one of the first issues of the early Women’s Rights [Temperance] Movement, we got the right to vote, and our role in society changed.”

Annica Cuppetelli, “Dress Reform” (2018), poly-covered boning, installation view

The show is the most recent iteration of a body … Read the rest

The Destabilizing Desire of Julie Doucet

From Dirty Plotte: The Complete Julie Doucet, courtesy of Drawn & Quarterly.

It’s impossible to convey, to anyone who didn’t stumble across the stuff on their own, the evanescent but ferocious intensity to be found in the photocopied page of any zine or comic from the late eighties and early nineties. Self-publishing in those days showed you, the reader, a culture being ripped apart, at the seams and straight through the middle, while on fire, the raw guts of oppression and abuse and injustice exposed and left behind to rot while you watched with a beer from a spot near the stage. The French Canadian artist and comics creator Julie Doucet invented a character, named Julie Doucet, who let you tag along as she did … Read the rest

Photos that flip the way we view sex, women and violence

“I don’t whether to be turned on or afraid, but I like it,” is often the default response when viewing Camille Mariet’s work – or at least it is according to her Tinder matches. “I don’t know if it’s necessarily weird, but sometimes I link my Instagram to my Tinder, and when I do, I literally get the same message from every guy,” she explains.

For the 22-year-old LA-based photographer, weird is a currency she’s used to working with. Pooling influence from old advertisements and porn, her cinematic photography depicts a world in which femmes hold the knife, and are more than ready to twist it in the heart of anyone who crosses them.

Mariet’s work is violent – whether it’s an image depicting a go-go … Read the rest