6 September 2009

Daylight in Harlem



‘I believe that all women should like their bodies and use them as tools of seduction,’ Amer stated; and in her well-known erotic embroideries, she at once rejects oppressive laws set in place to govern women’s attitudes toward their bodies and repudiates first-wave feminist theory that the body must be denied to prevent victimization. By depicting explicit sexual acts with the delicacy of needle and thread, their significance assumes a tenderness that simple objectification ignores. —Gagosian Gallery

1. Ghada Amer, an Egyptian artist in her studio (I like the way shes hung her paintbrushes and palette knives) 2. Aziz Diack, a Senegalese artist with a sculpture dedicated to Marcus Garvey as part of Daylight on Harlem, by Toni Meneguzzo for Case de abitare, September ’02