Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Art Unlimited 2017 | Andrea Bowers - A Call to Arms: Building a Fem Army

A Call to Arms: Building a Fem Army by Andrea Bowers is a monumental drawing composed of three political illustrations of strong female figures from the 1970s and 1980s. For this artwork she took the women from their original context and created this powerful new composition that calls for a feminist revolution.
The three posters that served as the sources for this drawing are:
Ann Grifalconi's illustration of Sojourner Truth from 1971
The international Marxist Group's poster representing revolution and women's liberation as inextricable
Rafael Enriquez Vega's 'El Salvador' Cuban poster for the organization of solidarity with the people of Asia, Africa and Latin America from 1984.
In Bowers' A Call to Arms: Building a Fem Army the central figure of the work wears a shirt with the symbol of transgender empowerment.
We not only see this work as a symbol of empowerment for women, but as a symbol of equality, that everyone should be equal, no matter their gender, sexuality or race.

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