Serie: Fragments of Femininity

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The series discusses the concept of hegemonic femininity and its influence in the social, cultural and economic space, reflecting on the construction of the image of the ideal woman in different cultures around the world and pointing to the urgency of empathic action and the acceptance of diversity in contemporary times. .

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Jennifer K Kiss

April 17, 2022


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April 17, 2022

This is reminiscent of early artifacts, yes often the first in what is ART. ‘The Virgin of Willendorf. Minimized as in gods (only an aspect a mere fertility symbol) . Bah!!!. No, she is the God ( goddess)! Not to be plasticzied as in everything today: SUCKING OUT THAT HORRIBLE FAT! Sculpting a body to be well a female, is to be tied to JUST the body, in excruciating AND painful alterations, unreal and NOT empowering. Which is what feminism should do, to get back our power, taken looong ago! Power to simply BE! Yes love your body,this can be real in this painting.. it is not a prison for men and deranged women of the Patriarchy to decide, what you should be, how to act, how your body is:EVEN IN taking the (reproductive organ ) and imprisoning her within her own body! This is not yours but theirs! This is a vision of strength and vitality and… in not giving a shit what others think you should be!

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

April 16, 2022

Before I begin this critique, I would like to start with some disclaimers. First of all, I would like to emphasize that this is my interpretation of the following work. I do not know the artist's intentions, and I can only discuss the dialogue that the work and its description inspired in me. Also, the ideas expressed herein are not objective and only variations of how I see the world, so I am not a bearer of truth but only opinion. Now that we have gotten that out of the way let's dive into Dayane rosa’s masterful painting, Serie: Fragments of Femininity.

Feminism is one of the most important movements for empowering the oppressed in history. It should be embraced and adopted by all (this, I do believe to be objective). Still, there are many different iterations of feminist theory and a great deal of exclusion within its history.

In 1851, at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio, Sojourner Truth, a formerly enslaved person, women's rights activist, and abolitionist, was discouraged from speaking lest the movement for women’s equality become tied to abolition. However, Truth—who was not a person to accept being silenced—delivered her speech. It focused primarily on the difference between the liberation of poor black women and the privileged white women leading the convention. It was well-received by a few but dismissed and maligned by most. In 1973 Sylvia Rivera, a famous transgender activist, guardian angel to New York City’s immensely endangered homeless trans youth, and overall badass, ran onstage and commandeered the microphone at the Christopher Street Liberation Rally. She had not been invited as the Radical Lesbian Feminists and middle-class gay men who organized the rally did not want trans people to attend. The Radical Lesbian Feminists, in particular, wanted to exclude Rivera, and anyone who shared her identity, because they found transgender women to be an insult to their movement and fraudulent women. Rivera skewered their reactionary and bigoted beliefs and attacked them for excluding the most vulnerable women from their movement. Countless similar examples of these discriminatory practices and attitudes within the feminist movement can be found throughout history. Furthermore, all these problems with mainstream feminism continue to plague people to this day.

All women face discrimination and the constant threat of violence and unsafety. However, the degree of danger and prejudice women are subjected to varies significantly with their racial and economic backgrounds. The fight for women's equality cannot be isolated from other struggles against inequality. Poor women will always be treated worse by society than rich women. Women from historically oppressed racial backgrounds will always be more subject to the slings and arrows of inequality than white women. If these problems are not made part and parcel of the feminist movement, it will never address the full breadth of discrimination and leave the most vulnerable women out to dry.

Rosa unflinchingly confronts these hypocritical and exclusionary practices in Serie: Fragments of Femininity. She begs the question: whose interests does unnuanced hegemonic feminism really serve, and how can social and economic factors be ignored within the feminist movement if the liberation of all women is truly its goal? Why do so many of the most prominent feminist proponents look the same? Why do so many people dismiss the inclusion of economic and racial adversity in feminism as an attempt to distract people from the true purpose of the movement? I have opinions about these questions, but I hesitate to expound on them as I am far removed from the dangers faced by any woman. I cannot claim to know about things that I have never experienced first-hand, and will never experience. However, I think the prevalence of these concerns and the rhetoric for and against them is evidence that they exist. Something must be done about them if we ever wish for a robust and all-encompassing liberation for all women.

In my opinion, these questions and concerns are highlighted and addressed in Serie: Fragments of Femininity. I find the work to be both brave, evocative, and necessary. We must challenge not only our oppressors but also those who claim to fight for us when their actions speak otherwise. A truly wise, beautiful, and crucial painting, Serie: Fragments of Femininity is a masterpiece.

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Dayane rosa
Dayane rosa Creator

April 16, 2022

Dear John, I cried reading this comment because you were able to understand it and describe it in words perfectly.

Thank you for the time invested in this amazing text. I am very grateful for my first international review! <3

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

April 21, 2022

Dear Dayane, it was such a pleasure and an emotional rollercoaster ride writing about this work. I can't wait to see more of the series. The work so perfectly encapsulates the complexity of something that is so often marketed as a perfect movement but is plagued by non-inclusivity. I really really appreciated the opportunity to engage with this work! But I my words can't capture what you do in oil! Thank you!

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Dayane rosa
Nude, Conceptual
Painting - Unframed
Oil, Canvas
50.00 inches wide
70.00 inches tall
3.00 inches deep
3.00 lbs
Rio de Janeiro, ID, US