I recently understood that, as a woman in our society, I was going to spend the rest of my life protesting. This certainty was sparked when I participated in the largest woman’s march, which inspired feminist movements throughout the world. In the past decade, my work had been focused on reclaiming history and memory, primarily that of my native country, Peru. But recent social and political events, have moved me to focus on the present. With the Feminist Projections and Power Vests, I am reclaiming the now.
With the desire of supporting the great effort that millions of women have been making for gender equity, I feel the need to expand my participation through my artistic practice by taking this discourse to unusual places.
In order to continue the conversation originating from the feminist movements, I looked for photos from feminist marches and posters of women's empowerment and began to project them in all kinds of spaces. Then, in an act of appropriation of this material, I began projecting these images directly on the faces and bodies of women and took their portraits of power. My subjects are a diverse group of women, of different races, social classes, professions, and interests. All united by the same feelings – an intolerance for the epidemic of domestic violence and a dedication to the advancement of women’s rights. These are my Feminist Projections.
For my own participation in the feminist marches, I created a wearable vest with a message; a power vest. This inspired me to create a series of vests made from different materials, ranging from leather to lace and everything in between, reflecting the multiplicity of women and their passions. On these materials, I inlaid messages, some outward for the world and some inward only for the wearer -- a kind of an armor with affirmations and statements that women live daily. In the same way that we dress with the intention of reflecting a missive, we must dress mentally with a daily message that keeps us on track in our struggle. These are my Power Vests.
In the future, this project will develop to depict these superheroines wearing their power vests while going through their daily lives.
The best way that we can move forward to achieve equal rights is to be united and include this sorority in our daily discourse.
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