237130_A3_Week11_ Issue and research_02/06/2016.

In what way do artists/ designers and others show their concerns related to the issue around gender stereotyping?

Sabean, Rion. 16951-593216-will_final. 2011. Men-Ups!, -. Rion Sabean Photography. Web. 02 June 2016.

Sabean, Rion. 16951-593216-will_final. 2011. Men-Ups!, -. Rion Sabean Photography. Web. 02 June 2016. (Fig.1)

Reemtsen, Kelly. Ground Breaking. 2015. -, -. DB Concept. De Buck Gallery. Web. 02 June 2016.

Reemtsen, Kelly. Ground Breaking. 2015. -, -. DB Concept. De Buck Gallery. Web. 02 June 2016. (Fig.2)

When it comes to gender stereotyping we typically relate certain objects/movements towards a gender. For example the image above (Fig.1) is an example of the way artists approach this idea of gender stereotyping and how they break down the stigma around this social issue. Here is one image from the series where men are dressed in masculine clothing and are associated with activities that are described as typically male. Here the poses shown are ones that would be more feminine, as the photographer stated “…applying traditional pinup poses that are reserved for the female form, while still presenting the models in ‘masculine’ clothing.” (Rion Sabean Photography).  From this I will be taking the ideas around gender stereotyping and how to break this down into one visual image.

Fig.2 is part of a collection by Kelly Reemtsen, where feminine figures dressed in dresses are holding an object that is associated to be masculine. Here this creates a visually effective image as well as showing how she is touching on the issue of gender stereotyping. From this I would like to take the idea of bring masculine and feminine together and breaking this stereotype. I would like to introduce the idea of mixing the two together in one visual image.

From looking at these two artists and their ideas around gender stereotyping, I would like the go back to the basics and create a poster expressing the attitudes surrounding gender. I am going to do this by mixing up the two faces of a male and female. I am going to do this through photoshopping faces together and manipulating them to create something visually disturbing but effective when people come across it.


237130_A3_Week10_ Question and Artist Concerns_26/05/2016.

What are artist concerns related to your topic and what type of artists are using this topic to express something? 


2a. 2016. -, -. Vivek Shraya. By Vivek Shraya. Web. 7 June 2016. (Fig.1)


2b. 2016. -, -. Vivek Shraya. By Vivek Shraya. Web. 7 June 2016. (Fig.2)

Schrager, Leah. Barcode III. 2014. Barcode, Folded, & Low Light. Leah Schrager. Web. 7 June 2016.

Schrager, Leah. Barcode III. 2014. Barcode, Folded, & Low Light. Leah Schrager. Web. 7 June 2016. (Fig.3)

When looking into the concerns around the representation of gender, sexuality and online identity, I found a lot of media based on feminism and the exploitation of women in society e.g. wage gaps between the two genders. Also a concern that was brought up in the Google+ community is about transgender people and the debate about what bathrooms they can use. When looking into artists concerns, it is stated in the way that these topic like gender etc is used to express an overall bigger picture like the objectification of women or the expression of self issues through gender. An example of expressing an self issue through gender is Vivek Shraya (Fig. 1 and Fig.2). After finding images of her mother three years ago, she decided to use her chosen gender to express her feeling towards the issue and the relationship between her mother accepting her choice and how she has felt about being trapped inside a males body. As her mother prayed for boys, Vivek yearned to be a girl and idolized her mother. The second artist I want to look into is Leah Schrager and the way she uses her gender to express the objectification of women. In Fig.3 packaging has been placed over a self-portrait of Leah herself, with a barcodes. Here we are seeing that she is making herself into object/product by placing the packaging over her self-portrait, trying to add emphasis on this idea of women being objects and not actual people.

From looking into these concerns that artists have and how they have used their gender and sexuality to express this, I believe that I will be looking more into the use of gender and sexuality. I would like to look more into gender stereotypes and how this has an effect on the way gender and sexuality is shown in media/ arts.

237130_A3_Week9_The Changing World and Project Direction_18/05/2016.

 What does Mirzoeff mean by ‘visual activism’ and ‘visual thinking’?

From reading Chapter 7 and the afterword of Mirzoeff’s book  How to See the World, he addresses the ideas about what his interpretations are of visual activism and visual thinking is. Visual activism according to Mirzoeff is the interaction of pixels and actions to make a change (297). Here what he means is that through the use of visual means we are able to portray a personal issue/ connection to an overall wider issue in society, an example could be the artist Zanele Muholi and her connections between gender and social identity (291). Here through out the these two pieces of writing, he has created this idea of visual thinking being how something visual can make you think a certain way about something else, for example Mirzoeff uses the different movements such as the ones Buenos Aires in 2001 and Egypt in 2011 to explain ‘that these movements were the first to use global social media to try and create visual thinking about representation and social change: where do we go from here?’ (259). Therefore he is saying that through these movements, there has been visual thinking as to how the public is represented. I believe that Mirzoeff is also saying that social media and other internet platforms have become a new means of creating awareness of certain social issues and discussions.

Introduction into project direction: 

For my project in assessment three, I will be looking into the ways that visual media is manipulated, changed and how it effects social issues. From this one area I will be looking into is the way advertising influences or manipulations the wider audience and I will also be looking at the ways that images are changed visually, physically and digitally.

After assessment two and reading ‘How To See Yourself’ by Mirzoeff, I would also like to look into the ways visual media is used to represent the concerns around gender, sexuality and online identity and how media is stereotyped into certain genders. From being interested in these two topics, I am going to try and intertwine the two and look at the way visual media is used to manipulate/change the views on gender, sexuality and online identity in the 21st century society.

From here I am going to take Mirzoeff’s idea about what it is to be a citizen in the 21st century. I believe that within chapter 7 and the afterword, being a citizen in this global era is all visual. Everything that we see and receive is somewhat visual and that as citizens we need to be able to understand these visual images. Mirzoeff overall proposes that everything that we are concerned with is shown through the means of visual activism and visual thinking and that being able to adapt to this changing media is part of being a citizen in this global era.

Texts Referenced:

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Changing the World”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 255-285. Print)

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Afterword: Visual Activism”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 289-298. Print)