Selfie breaks the “male gaze”

Forty years back, the selfie world is far from it. Women have used their bodies as a medium to release the power of expression and resistance in images. You must know Cindy Sherman (Cindy Sherman), and Cindy and stand together, there was a group of “love autodyne” women artists, such as reina hart, eisen (Renate Eisenegger), Lynn otto herschmann – PLC (Lynn Hershman interest) and Eva, pat (Ewa Partum), etc. Recently, the exhibition “Feminist Avant Garde art of the 1970s” is on display at the Photographer’s Gallery in London. The exhibition concentration presents a feminist artists in the 1970 s, with photography, collage, performance art, film and video, etc., trying to explore female artists in the pursuit of freedom and liberation, realize the equality of women status and the function of the civil rights movement.

In the 1970s, most women were seen as “passive MUSES”. They are subordinate to authority, and are not free to take control of their bodies and identities, or a desirable job. The exhibition “the feminist avant-garde art of the 1970s” was a stunning gathering of 48 female artists from the 1970s. They break the status quo and the male gaze, with art to the public for traditional definition about female identity, bold “art is the men’s game” the myth of the everlasting, thoroughly changed the role of women in the art world. The exhibition is divided into four sections with over 200 works in total. Below, we’ll delve into eight of the most brilliant and daring “troublemaker” artists.

1.Hannah Wilke

Wilke’s most famous work is the S.O.S. -starification Object Series (1974-1982). She made the audience chewing gum abstract, easily reminiscent of female genitalia sculpture, stick on your face and body, and let the photographer take a picture of the pink small group quickly. The work implies a man’s desire to gaze, and wilke wants to break that gaze.

2.Cindy Sherman

She made of cosmetics, artificial limbs, wig, elaborate design suit, in front of the cameras constantly changing shape and image, dressed up as art, advertising, all kinds of female images in movies and television. In one photo, she appears in the Hitchcock film, while in another she may be a happy suburban housewife. Cindy’s character is constantly switching back and forth, and she’s always immersed in the roles she plays. Although her work is somewhat self-portraits, “I’m not showing myself,” she repeated. Instead, she USES photographs to switch between reality and fiction, often more like the actress in her own life.


3.Renate Eisenegger

Artist lenart eisenhart’s signature creation is to paint his face with paint. First, cover with pure white, then add black geometric mesh. When she created it, she freed herself from her own identity and released herself in a radical new way.Appeared with its iconic white face and squatted on the ground to iron a fairly smooth building corridor floor. This image expresses the artist’s understanding of the universal consistency and monotony. In addition, the process of ironing is a business that many women are good at, so the behavior of leno is the dissent and the destroyed personality of women in the patriarchal society.


4.Lynn Hershman LeesonHe gave up his original identity and took a new name, Roberta Breitmore. Lynn in order to complete the identity transformation, especially wear blonde Marilyn Monroe style wigs, the whole face was painted with makeup look, also started a new treatment method of the world. She re-examined her driver’s license with a new identity, opened a bank account and applied for a credit card. Over the course of two years, Lynn used her new identity for art openings, dating men and going to the psychiatrist. “If you go back to the 1970s, the new identity should be more real than I was then.””You can sometimes get deeper truths through fiction,” says Lynn. Through her creation, Lynn explores the nature of women’s identity, and speaks for women through clothing and all the ACTS that she can misappropriate. In “Roberta Construction Chart#1” above, the artist shows the audience how she transformed her new role. This picture is between a scientific chart and a plastic surgery sketch, reflecting the artist’s effort to “be himself”.

Ewa Partum

The artist Eva patum was tired of the society’s discrimination against female artists and began to incorporate her nudity into her creations. Many commentators quickly labeled the practice egoistic, and said it was not a deliberate result. Eva strongly expressed her desire to turn herself and her body into art works, and to eliminate the oppression of the patriarchal society for the female body as a sexual object. She recognizes that women can work and live as a body that controls their bodies. Eva’s works often revolve around language, poetry and women’s bodies. Her first feminist work was Lipstick Pictures, which was created in 1971. Eva spelled out words like “art” and “love” and printed them on paper. The work above is called Change. Patm recruited a make-up artist, facing the audience and camera, and used makeup to make her half of her face look old. Through an artificial aging face, Eva emphasizes the so-called “beauty” standards established by male society and long-held beliefs that women will no longer be welcomed as they grow older. She created the image as a poster in Poland, with the words “my problem is a woman’s problem”.




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