The Provocation Column
The fashion industry is known for profiting out of cultural appropriation and there is no definite law that prevents this problematic behavior. For example, Marc Jacobs’ September 2017 show featured an abundance of white models wearing pastel-colored dreadlocks. This hairstyle is traditionally worn by black women and members of the Black community. The backlash Jacobs received caused him to say that he perhaps is ‘a bit insensitive’ and that he ‘doesn’t see race.’ Moreover, nothing was done about it other than just an apology from Jacobs and simply moved on to the next pret-a-porter line. Has fashion appropriation become normal in the industry? If so, big brands do not own the rights to that style and lawsuits will eventually bombard them.
Unfortunately, there are no places on earth where phallic symbols are absent in public spaces. Patriarchy, much like whiteness and maleness, drown this earth with icons and symbols representing masculinity (the toxic one, that is) and annoyingly remind us all who “allegedly” is the ruler of this world; white men. Gender, as we know it, is a social, political, and cultural construction specifically designed to give men the advantage to say “its just natural that we rule!”
Latin-American artists around the globe have recently been the favorites of curators and museums due to many reasons. One of them may be our current political climate and how democracy in the US and in the world is beginning to crumble. This may act as motivation for Latin American artists to put their grief or their extreme progressive/radical views on display through their art pieces.
The new and radical Latinx art is officially trendy and audiences are obsessed. There have been times before when Latin-American art had skyrocketed due to social politics. For example, interdisciplinary intellectual and renowned performance artist Guillermo Gomez Peña rose to fame after 9/11 happened and people of color were boxed as terrorists all around the globe. His performances became a sensation and intellectuals became trendy. Perhaps this is what artists of all backgrounds feel like right now; a duty to society in order for audiences to wake up and start making a positive change for this world.Read more
How pleasing it would be to discover someone who artists say “breathe and lived art.” Marguerite Guggenheim (AKA Peggy Guggenheim) was born on August 26, 1898, to a wealthy New York City Guggenheim family. She was the daughter of Benjamin Guggenheim who reportedly went down with the Titanic and niece to the founder of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Solomon R Guggenheim. Peggy is recognized as an American art collector, socialite and bohemian. In other words, she was a lover of art who lived on her standards and not on what is conventionally accepted in the society. Peggy had also referred to herself as an “art addict” which makes it all the more clear why she is recognized in the art world.
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