In this week’s Wednesday 5: a photographer re-imagines the Disney women as “fallen princesses”; 10 tough women artists who stand up to a male-dominated art world; artist Julie Mehretu on finding the “in-between” place in her art; at 91, actress and singer Bibí Ferreira continues to wow audiences; and a new magazine aims to tell alternative stories of global women.



Disney Princesses – A Reimagined ‘Fairy Tale’

fallen-princesses-dina-goldstein-1Last week we shared with you the work of cartoonist David Trumble as he re-imagined several iconic women as Disney characters. This week, photographer Dina Goldstein shows us the other side of the coin of the Disney Princess life—the side that is not so charming or wrapped up in a fairy tale—in a new project titled Fallen Princesses. Goldstein told demilked magazine:

“I began to imagine Disney’s perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues.”

Realistic, problematic, irreverent, and haunting are Goldstein’s re-imaginings of the iconic women of Disney. For example, Snow White is re-framed as an overworked mother with four children tugging at her, a dirty house, and her prince propped up comfortably in front of sports TV.



Ten Tough Women Artists Who Stand Up to the Bad Boys

Mutu_Hundred_Lavish_Months_of_Bushwhack_2004Speaking of women in the arts, earlier this fall WNYC’s Gisele Regatao asked “What’s Hot in the Fall Art Season? White Men.

“Most New York City museums are presenting shows highlighting male artists this fall, from Rene Magritte at the Museum of Modern Art and Robert Indiana at the Whitney to Robert Motherwell at the Guggenheim and Balthus at the Met Museum. WNYC’s art critic Deborah Solomon is not pleased. ‘This is an art season that could make you think that the feminist movement never happened,’ she said.”

The folks at ARTNews heard the call for action and responded to the appalling lack of women in this season’s line up at New York City’s major art institutions with a list of “Ten Tough Women Artists Who Stand Up to the Bad Boys.” This impressive and age-diverse cadre of bad-ass women includes Isa Genzken, Mehreen Murtaza, Laura Hyde, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Alina Szapocznikow, Mary Beth Edelson, Eleanor Antin, Senga Nengudi, Tameka Norris, Wangechi Mutu, and Artemisia Gentileschi, among others. Of course, we would venture to add Grace Graupe-Pillard, whom we profiled this summer for doing exactly what these women do—disrupting the status quo in the art world.

Pictured: Artist Wangechi Mutu’s “Hundred Lavish Months of Bushwhack,” 2004.



Julie Mehretu: The ‘In-Between’ Place

American artist Julie Mehretu, who was born in Ethiopia, is best known for her densely layered abstract paintings and prints. Here in this video she talks about how her perspective is the result of a “very important shift” in her life that occurred when her family moved to the U.S. from Ethiopia right after the nation’s revolution.



At 91, Bibí Ferreira Continues to Wow Audiences

It warmed our heart to hear this story in NPR over the weekend:

At 91 years old, Brazilian actress and singer Bibí Ferreira is still performing to packed houses in her native Brazil and beyond. Many consider her the single most important theater actor in Brazil.

Ferreira premiered the play Piaf: Uma Estrela da Canção (Piaf: A Star of Song) in Rio in 1983, and with that came a roster of invitations to tour as well as awards that have included  France’s Commendation of Arts and Letters. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s death and the 30 years Ferreira been performing the show, she is back on tour, returning to New York City this fall.


Bibí Ferreira, Medley Piaf



A New Magazine to Tell Women’s Global Stories

Here at Women’s Voices we’re always happy to share good news. So we are thrilled to see two young women taking up the mantle to share a different perspective on global women living in headline-making countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and India. The best part: The new magazine will feature female writers, bloggers, and photographers who will share stories of  “inspiring women and feature economic, social and political issues impacting lives of women across the globe.” Daria Solovieva, the founder of the new online magazine, Valerie, shared with the Columbia Journalism Review her reasons for starting the publication: 

“Over the past few months, most of the stories about women in Egypt are about violent rapes and sexual violence. These are very important stories, but as a result these women become an unidentifiable mass that only deal with sexual harassment and rape in the streets. Women are quite instrumental in Egypt’s transition in other ways, and we want to tell that story as well.”

“In Saudi Arabia if you Google women right now you’ll only find stories about driving ban and how oppressed women are over there—the predominant media narrative. But actually there are quite a lot things changing over there, a lot of female entrepreneurs and wealthy women who are making steady progress and changes, but are not in the headlines. That’s what we want to cover.”

Kudos to the Solovieva and the Valerie team for not believing in the single one-dimensional story! 





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  • Abigail congdon November 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you, WVFC, for the introduction to the Louisiana Channel website.
    As a visual artist working alone, access to ideas and people in the arts , especially via a well done video, is invaluable.
    Home with jetlag today, I was inspired to watch several videos including those by Julie Mehretu, Marina Abramovic and Sebastiao Salgado.
    Knowing their work, it is a treat to hear their voices!
    Thank you! Abigail Congdon