by Yoshiko Shimada
I dare say that I am a feminist and art activist.
I know it is not fashionable to say this. It seems that the prevailing image of feminist or political art is that it involves stating the obvious about oppressive conditions and accusing society and men in general by those who self-righteously assume the voice of the victimised. But this is a very narrow and unjust/ cliched generalisation. My work deals with the social and historical exploitation of women, but it is not my intention to pity the victimised or to point an accusing finger at men. Rather, what I’m trying to do is to see where I stand in this system of exploitation and how this position was constructed.
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