Recent years have seen massive feminist mobilizations in virtually every continent, overturning social mores and repressive legislation. In this brilliant and original look at the emerging feminist international, Verónica Gago explores how the women’s strike, as both a concept and collective experience, may be transforming the boundaries of politics as we know it.
At once a gripping political analysis and a theoretically charged manifesto, Feminist International draws on the author’s rich experience with radical movements to enter into ongoing debates in feminist and Marxist theory: from social reproduction and domestic work to the intertwining of financial and gender violence, as well as controversies surrounding the neo-extractivist model of development, the possibilities and limits of left populism, and the ever-vexed nexus of gender-race-class. Gago asks what another theory of power might look like, one premised on our desire to change everything.
Verónica Gago is a leader in Argentina’s #NiUnaMenos movement (Not One More!), as both a theoretician and an activist. She is a Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, Professor at the Instituto de Altos Estudios, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, and Assistant Researcher at the National Council of Research (CONICET). Her work is deeply influenced by active participation in the experience of Colectivo Situaciones, who recorded the Argentine social movements around the 2001 debt crisis with remarkable acuity.
When it comes to talent, sensuality and beauty, all roads lead to three of the most powerful female figures of Latin music; Leslie Shaw, Thalía and Farina. The three singers joined their voices in the song “Estoy Soltera,” available now on all digital music platforms, alongside its official music video.
Leslie Shaw rose to fame thanks to the success of songs like “Faldita” featuring Venezuelan duo Mau y Ricky (65 million views on YouTube) and “Bombón”. Her music career quickly reached international recognition, making her “the one to watch” in the urban genre. Today, Shaw premieres her single “Estoy Soltera” together with her new EP “Yo Soy Leslie Shaw.” This EP has unique pieces produced by Latin music veteran Maffio, and amazing musical collaborations with artists such as Shelow Shaq and Bulova.
Thalía and Farina joined Leslie Shaw in this release. Thalía, known internationally as one of the most successful superstars in the Latin entertainment industry, delivers elegance, talent, and her unique music style, pushing the track original charm towards an assured success. For her part, the Colombian lyrics-goddess Farina, uses the unique style that made her the phenomenon she is today to make “Estoy Soltera” an urban hit.
The single was produced by Alexander Palmer and Frank Santofimio, and its lyrics were the work of Antonio Cortés “Barullo”, Héctor Montaner, Claudio Prieto, Vladi Ramírez, Frank Santofimio, Alex Palmer, Thalía, Farina and Leslie Shaw herself.
The song premieres alongside its official music video in which filmmaker Katherine Díaz (Kath D) captures the unique feminine essence of each of its protagonists. Under her direction, the music video for “Estoy Soltera” reaches its highest level of sensuality, passion and dedication, resulting in a unique audiovisual piece with a strong feminist message.
With “Estoy Soltera,” Leslie Shaw writes a new page in the history of Latin music, bringing together three of the most powerful females in the industry on a distinctly urban track.
Listen to “Estoy Soltera” here and watch the music video here.
KO Média is pleased to announce that the March issue of ELLE Canada stars the inimitable Jane Fonda.
In a special issue that celebrates getting older with an open mind, the inspiring 82-year old actor, activist and icon opens up about her plans for the future and her past regrets.
“I can’t pretend that I’m not vain, but there isn’t going to be any more plastic surgery—I’m not going to cut myself up anymore,” says the refreshingly frank face of L’Oréal who talks about finding confidence later in life.
“I have psychic scars that I will never be able to give up.”
The special issue is packed with thoughtful features that dig into today’s most relevant questions, examining how societal perceptions about age are changing, and asking: Are fillers over? What’s the TikTok take on beauty? When will we finally start taking openly about menopause? In the words of French supermodel and author Caroline de Maigret, who is also featured in the exciting issue, “showing insatiable curiosity will make you look younger than a new pair of breasts.”
The March 2020 issue also boasts an everything-you-need-to-know guide to the season’s hottest trends, in which seasoned ELLE Canada editors decode how to wear must-have suits, trenches, retro prints, cool-girl denim and more.
Also in this issue: behind-the-scenes with Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière and his muses; a new study that hints romantic movies might be able to heal our relationships; and a fresh take on bold patterns and sleek minimalism.
The March issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on February 17th.
Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs, Frameline
Benedetta Barzini wants to disappear. An iconic fashion model in the 1960s, she became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Penn and Avedon. As a radical feminist in the 1970s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. But at the age of 75, she is fed up with all the roles that life has imposed upon her and decides to leave everything and everybody behind, to disappear to a place as far as possible from the gaze of the camera. Only her son Beniamino is permitted to witness her journey. Having filmed her since he was a child in spite of all her resistance, he now wants to make a film about her, to keep her close for as long as possible — or, at least, as long as his camera keeps running. The making of the film turns into a battle between mother and son, a stubborn fight to capture the ultimate image of Benedetta — that of her liberation.
The Untitled Space is pleased to present multimedia series “ONLY YOU” by Indira Cesarine at SCOPE Art Show in Basel, Switzerland in partnership with ArtHelix Gallery and SHIM. Cesarine’s medium format photography, welded steel sculpture and video art will be on view in Booth A43 from June 12th to 17th for the duration of the fair.
“ONLY YOU” is a conceptual narrative portrait series chronicling a woman’s emotions as she traverses a metaphorical landscape of love, loss, abuse and betrayal. Each artwork is part of the greater narrative of her story. The series is based on autobiographical experiences of the artist. It was photographed on a medium format RZ camera as well as on HD video. The limited edition photographs and welded steel sculptures were completed in 2017 and unveiled last November at The Untitled Space gallery along with a dance performance by Bryn Cohn + Artists inspired by the series. Photography from the series was additionally featured at CICA Museum, South Korea as part of their January exhibition “Portrait 2018”.
The video art edition of “ONLY YOU” premiered at Art Basel Miami for an exhibition in collaboration with American Friends of The Louvre and Miami Art Museum. The video has additionally been screened internationally at exhibitions including “Factory Project” at London’s Red Bull Studios in collaboration with Graffik Gallery, at an event for Cannes Film Festival in France, and at the Big Screen Plaza in Chelsea, New York.
Indira Cesarine is a multimedia artist who works with photography, video, painting, printmaking and sculpture. A graduate of Columbia University with a triple major in Art History, French and Women’s Studies, she additionally studied art and photography at Parsons School of Design, International Center of Photography, School of Visual Arts, The Art Students League and New York Academy of Art. Cesarine had her first solo show at the age of sixteen at Paul Mellon Arts Center.
Empowering feminist themes are often the point of departure for Cesarine’s multi-sensory series. Her artwork questions the place of humanity in context with contemporary civilization and is often influenced by autobiographical content and women’s history at large. As a multi-disciplinarian artist she works across several mediums and techniques to convey a rich and diverse narrative, with an emphasis on thematic subject matter that engages a narrative of social discourse and art activism.
Her artwork has been featured internationally at many art galleries, museums and festivals, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mattatuck Museum, CICA Museum, Getty Images Gallery, French Embassy Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Art Basel Miami, Cannes Film Festival and the International Festival Photo Mode to name a few. In 2014, her public art sculpture, “The Egg of Light” was exhibited at Rockefeller Center as part of the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. Her work was recently auctioned at Sotheby’s New York for the annual “Take Home A Nude” art benefit.
“ONLY YOU, No 10″
“’ONLY YOU’ is an autobiographic series that I photographed and directed, working with a model to reenact sentiments I was feeling. This series tells the story not just of my emotional trauma, but that of many women who have been abused and betrayed by people they trusted, and how difficult it can be to process those emotions. In light of the #MeToo movement, many women are finding the strength to tell their stories. I have had many experiences that have crossed the line, in my personal life as well as throughout my career, and this series resonates with me as particularly relevant, a metaphorical mirror of how many women are feeling right now. You can feel the emotions in this series—they range from anger to sadness to disbelief to shame…frustration, fear— It’s an emotive series that focuses on the eyes as a portal.” – Indira Cesarine
“ONLY YOU, No 26”
ABOUT ARTHELIX + SHIMArtHelix, located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, presents solo and group art exhibitions and hosts lectures, symposia, and other cultural events. ArtHelix creates a meta-art space, a place where art is not only displayed and offered for sale, but also where it can be openly discussed and challenged, a hub or “helix” from which culture can be reimagined.
SHIM is a full service arts management company that helps artists present professional quality exhibitions by and for themselves without gallery commissions or lease. SHIM’s flagship location exists within ArtHelix gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Hilary Knight is leading the charge for equitable pay for U.S. women’s hockey. The fiery forward explains the importance of fighting battles for future generations.
Outside in Tampa it’s 98 degrees with nearly 100 percent humidity, but inside the Florida Hospital Center Ice hockey arena, it’s an alternate dimension. The air is crisp, with enough bite that tiny plumes of vapor appear with every exhale of breath. The entire rink reverberates as Hilary Knight slams puck after puck against the wall. You can tell she’s a pro.
At 28, Knight is arguably the best forward on the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey team — a team that captures the hearts of the country every four years during the Winter Olympics. But beyond her determination to score goals and earn medals, Knight has become a powerful advocate for promoting gender equality and a strong female body image.
Earlier this year, Knight made waves across the sports world when she and her fellow teammates threatened to boycott the World Championships over inequitable pay. After a funding agreement was reached with USA Hockey and the boycott was lifted, Knight scored the winning goal in overtime against bitter rivals Canada in the World Championship finals. It was a huge victory for women’s hockey, but Knight says there’s still a lot of work to be done.