" Nous vivons à une époque où il y a beaucoup de laideur et d'obscurité mais n'oublions pas toute la beauté et la lumière. Nous sommes le poison, nous sommes le remède. Célébrons la liberté et l'égalité… et c'est pourquoi nous avons décidé d'appeler cette oeuvre spéciale : « La beauté de la liberté et de l'égalité » qui est désormais la plus grande murale à Austin au Texas. "
Feminism finds a new breath today in the young generation, which wants to be the spokesperson of a new Feminist wave which engages differently than in the past, not through political struggles but through new societal issues like the fight for gender equality and against violence against women. Social networks play a major role in this fight today. Languages are loosening and hashtags like #METOO in the United States and #BALANCETONPORC in France are multiplying and spreading all over the planet.
STREET-ART is not left out on this subject. As a popular and committed art, it often takes up social issues on its own. 2 Artists well known across the Atlantic and every day more in France and in Europe, the Canadian SANDRA CHEVRIER and the American SHEPARD FAIREY, have decided to combine their talents to offer a common fresco entitled "BEAUTY OF LIBERTY AND EQUALITY", a title that recalls both the ever-engaged world of SHEPARD and the feminist series "THE CAGES" by SANDRA.
The works of the series "THE CAGES" by SANDRA CHEVRIER express a strong message of freedom and social equality. This series was born from the fusion of mastered hyper-realistic painting and collage. She uses comic book clippings to produce intense portraits of women in mixed media. This series tells the story of women trying to break free from the cages imposed by prejudices and distorted societal expectations about what a woman should or shouldn't be, false beauty and perfection. With vivid colors and graphic lines, the artist uses pictorial textures revealing the underlying tragedy of the oppressed female identity. Using comics as a mask for her portrayed heroines, SANDRA CHEVRIER highlights the superhero's fragility, weaknesses and flaws, and exposes their part of humanity.
Added to the collaboration for the realization of a giant fresco in AUSTIN between the Canadian SANDRA CHEVRIER and the American SHEPARD FAIREY, CORPS ET AME GALLERY wished to make its contribution in the Feminist Struggle through an exhibition of STREET-ART which brings together a set of works by these 2 artists on the theme of women, their defense and their enhancement.
SANDRA CHEVRIER's first exhibition in France and the Duo's very first international exhibition, "FEMINISM" presents a set of works highlighting women and everything they undertake on a daily basis around the world, like super-heroines unmarked. Mom in the morning, Working-Girl at noon, Wives in the evening, the twentieth century has only increased their share of work and responsibilities without giving them all the compensation they deserve and would be entitled to expect, such as task sharing or equal pay. Their fight is only just beginning and this exhibition wants to testify in this direction.
Through Art and Street-Art, the message is more pacifist, but just as present, because it aims to interfere in the conscience in a more insidious but more effective way. Indeed, art has always been a very good way to convey messages or demands (Picasso with GUERNICA, Banksy with THROWER FLOWER, etc.) and SHEPARD FAIREY understood it very quickly by quickly engaging his Art in various fights. politicians (Obama VOTE, Demagogue, etc ...)
Street-Art today allows this on a large scale, because what better than monumental 15-story frescoes to expose its claims?
When we see this fresco and the 2 joint works co-signed by the duo, we say to ourselves that the marriage between these 2 great Street-Artists is rather successful! This leaves good prospects for the balance and complementarity between men and women when energies are put in synergy.
Moreover, according to SANDRA, it should no longer be the woman AGAINST the man, but the woman AVEV the man, with the idea of finally considering themselves as partners and no longer as enemies.
© Credit: Jonathan Furlong.
Sandra Chevrier and Shepard Fairey.