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NSFW: Artist Takes Provocative Self-Portraits To Challenge Sexist Stereotypes
By Yoon Sann Wong, 22 May 2015
Russian-born artist Vasilisa Forbes is using vibrant, pop art-inspired images of herself in rabble-rousing poses to spark a dialogue about how women are represented in the media and the art world.
Her photo series, titled ‘Waxchick’, has gone up on display in London’s public spaces. The collection includes the poster ‘Here For Your Every Need’, in which Forbes lampoons the depiction of women in the fashion industry.
She feels that many female characters take on a passive façade in fashion images, and she intends to challenge this while observing how people react to controversial images.
Forbes said on Dazed & Confused, “If I objectify myself in an image, will people react to it differently or will they react to it the same way and still find it sexist? For me it’s almost like a survey, I want to see if people are bother[ed] about it or if they’re too used to that kind of imagery.”
Reactions to the project have been mixed. Some people have expressed gratitude for explicitly illustrating the objectification of women in modern society, while others have found the images highly offensive.
Several photos from this project can be viewed below. Visit Forbes’s website to learn more about the ‘Waxchick’ photo series.
[via Dazed & Confused, images via Vasilisa Forbes]
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