Today I was looking through images that I had posted to this blog to add to Random Interference, and I came across the image above which I posted on February 29, 2012 . It was linked to an article in Buzzfeed, and that link is now dead. So I did some searching. A google ‘search by image’ came up with “best guess for this image: blue bra girl,” which I quickly realized refers to woman in the newspaper image who is being dragged. The image was taken December 17, 2011. US feminist me resents that this image and the women becomes know as the ‘blue bar girl’. I didn’t do follow up at the time so I did not realize until today the extent of the anger that the event (and image) caused. It became a symbol of outrage against abuse of power by the military. The following screen grab from my image searching sums it up.
Links to more information:
Egyptian women march against military rule – War in Context (with attention to the unseen)
The ‘Girl In The Blue Bra’ – NPR
‘Blue bra girl’ rallies Egypt’s women vs. oppression – CNN
The “Blue bra girl” comes back as a masked avenger – EastWestWestEast
It’s International Women’s Day – Will the Blue Bra Girl Be Forgotten? Between the Lines
Mass March by Cairo Women in Protest Over Abuse by Soldiers
Art in the 1980s: The Forgotten History of PAD/D
Great piece in Hyperallergic about the PAD/D (Political Art Documentation and Distribution) collective and its archive which is now at MoMA library in Queens.
A lot of this was happening when I first moved to NYC. In retrospect, I don’t understand why I didn’t get involved.
I love the last line of the article in how it speaks about why we make archives: “The archive is in a place that will forever be there, and perhaps no one will show it much attention. But maybe one day, someone will see it, and will.” [by artist Mimi Smith.]
And there is a second essay
with many great selections
from the archive.
Of Another Fashion
Can’t believe I did not about this wonderful blog by Minh-Ha Pham, an online repository of the often-ignored fashion histories of everyday American women of color through old photographs, some reader submitted, some archival. [interview with Minh-Ha Pham]
Article on Of Another Fashion @ Hyphen Magazine
Can’t Stop thinking about work . This exhibition along with Sanja Ivekovic has been the highlights of my art going this year.
MoMA | Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972.
Bio from Polish Cultural Institute
Alina Szapocznikow archive at Museum of Modern Art in Archive
Even thought their work is very different than mine, both Sanja and Alina’s work have more parallels to my interest than most artists whose work I can think of.
< ^ : links to projects in the archive
I was not able to attend the Nancy Spero memorial on Sunday but just read this article about it
and it led me to find this lovely piece, A tribute by Rob Storr and Clayton Esheman in the Brooklyn Rail
Nancy Spero – Art 21
Torture of Women book
In following links, I came upon the Visible Vagina exhibition at David Nolan earlier this spring which I unfortunately missed.
Came across this great link between two artists I love
A Conversation with Shirin Neshat and Shahzia Sikander
Museu d’Art Contemorani de Barcelona publication and exhbition links
William Pope L., How Much is that Nigger in the Window
Franklin Furnace 1991
Krzysztof Wodiczko, Adam Whiton, Sung Ho Kim
The purpose was to use progressive technology to give voice and visibility to the women who work in the “maquiladora” industry in Tijuana. We designed a headset that integrated a camera and a microphone allowing the wearer to move while keeping the transmitted image in focus. The headset was connected to two projectors and loudspeakers that transmitted the testimonies live. read more