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Women at Cannes: How and Why 82 Women Walked Against Gender Inequality in Film

Eighty-two women in film took the Cannes Film Festival red carpet to protest their lack of representation at the festival and in the industry at large. The number eighty-two was chosen as that is the number of films by female directors that have been represented at Cannes, versus a staggering 1,645 films by male directors. Women such as Cate Blanchett, Agnes Varda, Salma Hayek, Marion Cotillard, and Kristen Stewart were among those who walked in protest during the premiere of Eva Husson's film, Girls of the Sun. Husson is one of only three female directors up for the prestigious Palme d'Or award at Cannes.

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Laugh it Off: The Humor of Feminist Art

In an excerpt from her book Curatorial Activism: Towards an Ethics of Curating, Maura Reilly looks back on the recent exhibition “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” in consideration of the various interpretations of feminist humor in art throughout the decades. Reilly examines the reactions to the exhibit (which closed in January of this year) in relation to other New Museum feminist presentations such as the notorious 1994 “Bad Girls” exhibits and considers the harsh criticisms each exhibit has received. Moreover, Reilly questions the future of gender nonconformity in art, especially in consideration of the crass humor feminist artists present their work under.

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“It’s self-care set in the cosmos…”

Robin Eisenberg’s intergalactic illustrations are out of this world. Depicting the little moments of everyday women life, Eisenberg uses themes of self-love and space for her fun and colorful digital illustrations. Whether it’s flossing or eating pizza, Eisenberg boasts a charismatic and relatable body of work. In an interview with Andrea Alonso, Eisenberg discusses her challenges, what inspires her, and the impact she hopes to have in the lives of women everywhere. A more expansive collection of Eisenberg’s illustration can be found on her Instagram, @robineisenberg. 

Image: Robin Eisenberg


Chris Brown, Among Others, Accused of 'Horrific' Sexual Assault

Trigger Warning: Gloria Allred, prominent lawyer who has tackled sexual assault cases against high-profile individuals such as Donald Trump and Bill Cosby, filed a civil suit against Chris Brown, Young Lo, and an unnamed woman ("Jane Doe X") for what she calls "one of the most horrific sexual assault cases [she] has ever seen." Allred filed the suit on behalf of a woman who wishes to remain anonymous, whose statement reveals a terrifying assault occurring at Brown's home during a party. Brown, who has previously been implicated for assault against singer Rihanna and model Karrueche Tran, along with Lo and "Doe X," has been accused of sexual battery, gender violence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and more.

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A World of Her Imagination: South America’s Bauhaus

In Mariángeles Soto-Díaz’s elaborately constructed imaginary art school archive, the interplay of indigenous culture and feminist ideology can be seen through a mix of small-scale modernist pieces. Designed to look like an art school archive, Soto-Diaz’s exhibition asks what it would be like if modernist art encountered not only feminist aesthetics, but the distinct culture of the Makiritare, Ye’kuana, and Yanomami peoples. Soto-Diaz’s “Instituto Experimental Tropical del Amazonas” is wrapping up its display at the 18th St Arts Center in Santa Monica, California on May 19th.

Image: Installation view, Mariángeles Soto-Díaz: Instituto Experimental Tropical del Amazonas at 18th Street Arts Center (images courtesy of the artist)


Whitney Gives a Stunning and Tragic New Glimpse on Whitney Houston's Life and Career

Kevin Macdonald's film Whitney, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year, reveals new insights into Houston's life, family, and career. While it highlights her successes and outstanding talent, it also gives a more intimate glimpse into her tragedies and into the ways the industry, members of her family, and the world let her down through chilling interviews and unseen footage. The film showcases her extraordinary resilience, talent, and career by both celebrating her life and mourning the hardships within it.

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