Leigh Bardugo not only skillfully avoids ableism, whitewashing, heteronormativity, fat-shaming, and neurotypicality, but allows these characters to be regular people defined by their personalities, which is all that fans of YA fiction have ever asked for.
New York-based digital artist Molly Soda has been documenting her life on the internet since she was 14 years old. In her latest work—her solo show “thanks for the add!” and her collaborative book “Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Images Banned from Instagram ”—Molly exposes the evolution of the internet into what it is today.
UCLA art major Kya Lou’s exhibit “What Do You Do ‘fore It’s Gone?” examines the space between the settlement and upheaval of historically Black neighborhoods in South Los Angeles. Through use of audio, text, video, photography and textiles, Kya Lou foregrounds the concerns of citizens whose voices often go neglected, with the goal of fostering dialogue about the meaning of community.
The Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown is running the “Black Panthers Los Angeles” exhibit through May 14th. This exhibit features homages to the Black Panther party, its ideologies, and its lasting legacy upon American politics, culture, and social movements. The implementation of the party’s ideals included activism that sought to combat the negative impacts of capitalism, misogyny, and white supremacy.
The Los Angeles based band Bleached aims to put an end to to the incessant ‘girl band’ rhetoric that defers attention away from the artistic goals of women artists on their new EP, “Can You Deal?”
On March 3rd, people of all gender identities were warmly welcomed into the UCLA Arts Library to deconstruct this gender bias and contribute to the fair representation of women at the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. This event was held by voidLab, a feminist collective that meets weekly at UCLA to discuss intersectional feminism and organize events and exhibitions. This event focused on writing articles about female artists to help increase their representation within Wikipedia.
What FEM’s Arts and Creative staff is looking forward to in the next two weeks:
Fashion magazines play a heavy role in influencing American standards of beauty, so yellowfaced, whitewashed photo shoots like Kloss’ are particularly damaging. In order to uphold fashion’s legacy as an artistic form of empowerment, Vogue and magazines like it need accurately portray diverse models with whom all American women can identify.
Inside an unassuming church in Koreatown, ANSWER Coalition’s LA chapter held its monthly open-mic event, Feedback Sundays. ANSWER, which stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, has organized and engaged in numerous demonstrations for social and economic issues ranging from domestic police brutality to US military belligerence abroad. Feedback Sunday aims to provide a communal space for artists of all backgrounds to share their original poetry and music in a new series of open-mic events. This month’s theme paid homage to Black History Month on the 5th anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death.
My mother tells me to smile with reserve (laugh lines),
to drink my coffee through a straw (stained teeth),
never smoke, only drink in moderation (premature wrinkles, dull skin)
so one day I can die lovely and youthful
having never really lived.