The Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, exhibits a sweeping historical perspective on women's struggle for social, sexual, political and cultural equality, acknowledging the remarkable accomplishments which early feminists might not have dreamed if, whilst confronting the darker realities of the many battles not yet won.
The Finsbury Park Deltics created this Miley collage, 'I want what I do to be memorable', to create awareness of the prevelance of pornographic images children are exposed to. This kind of collage incorporating illustration is a really nice media, and something I could experiment in my own collages, so as to develop.
Nora Velazco created 'Dior-me' for Women's Month, exploring Eva Duarte's legacy, and all the work she did in order to equal women to men in Argentina. Eva is an icon of the Argentinian culture, her image recognised worldwide, as she fought for the female vote. The collage could also inspire mine, and push mine, as compared to this I feel like mine are quite lifeless and boring.
Renne Rilexie created the exhibit 'Voices', a multi-media installation featuring vox-pop audio and imprint of lips from both women and men. Apart from viewing this canvas you walked into a dark tent with glow in the dark lips, with audio playing. I love the idea of the lips, especialy that they are from both men and women, something I would like to show in my own work (that a feminist can be both a woman and a man).
Jamie McCartney's artworks demonstrate a career-long commitment to experimentation and social politics. Often taking the body as inspiration, he works with traditional and novel materials, frequently applying his own unique processes. His infamous Great Wall of Vagina is intended to combat the insiduous influences of porn and fashion that he believes are driving the recent surge in cosmetic labia surgeries. Debuted on Cork Street in 2012 followed by a show at the Triennale ,useum in Milan, it typifies the edginess that his works exhibits and the reach they are achieving. Frequent TV and magazine appearances have earned him an international following and a reputation as a leading, controversial voice in the UK art scene.
The Vagina Panels are constructed from plaster casts taken from women volunteers' vulvas. These original casts have been remoulded and cast again to produce these limited edition panels. Their presentation is the same style of silver, powder-coated, aluminum frames as The Great Wall of Vagina. The Great Wall of Vagina has had such an impact on the lives of women that the artist does not want it dissapearing into a private collection. Hence, it is only for sale if the buyer plans to display it publically.