There is a moment when I was scrolling through the pictures of Zoe Buckman’s moving exhibit, Every Curve, when the line between music, form, history and social expression became so blurred I found myself convinced that this kaleidoscope of honey, peach and cornflower hued negligee’s were actually found in this magnificently embroidered state.
By using vintage negligee’s and girdles, (The girdle can often been seen as the physical representation of the oppressive facets of existing as a Women in a society ripe with double standards.) Ms. Buckman perfectly captures the complexities of the issue that many feminists in the Millennial Generation grapple with.
How do I maintain my feminist views (In Ms. Buckman’s case, she focuses on being both a Woman and a feminist but, I feel the issue applies to all genders.) while I have a tenderness and connection to the overwhelmingly misogynistic culture that helped inspire and mold the person I am today? How do you deal with that contradiction?
Buckman’s body of work, Every Curve, explores the contradictory and complimentary influences of Feminism and Hip-Hop in her upbringing.
The installation of hanging vintage lingerie reveals the artist’s fascination with femininity throughout time. The antique undergarments — relics from our past and windows into cultural ideas of female objectification — are reworked using musical text from a very specific time and place. Buckman hand-embroiders the lingerie with lyrics that refer to women from the iconic rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. The text spans from the violent and misogynistic to the wholly sympathetic and pro-choice. This juxtaposition is witty in its provocation and empowered awareness while comparing the Janus-faced relationship between feminism and Hip-Hop both in the 90’s and today.
Here are a few of my favorite shots from the exhibit but do yourself a favor, check out the entire show here: http://www.zoebuckman.com/art/every-curve-art/
If you are lucky enough to be in the area Every Curve will be shown in its entirety at PAPILLION ART, Los Angeles, from March 12 to April 30, 2016
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