Saturday, 11 April 2015

Interview with Art Saves Lives International

I was interviewed by Art Saves Lives International for the first edition of their E-Magazine. I spoke about my most recent performance work 'Body-Cloth' (2015).

 Here are a few selected quotations: 

What does feminism mean to you and do you consider yourself to be a feminist?

“I never accepted that I was a feminist growing up, as I didn’t really understand what the term meant and had heard many derogatory comments about feminists being ‘man haters’ and ‘bra burners’. I certainly didn’t want to be tarred with that brush. I found it hard to fit into the role of ‘woman’, which I understood required me to be pretty, slim, quiet, passive and frivolous. I was tall, broad, athletic, feisty and sharp. At university I read feminist texts by Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous. Suddenly, and for the first time, I was thrust into a world in which I connected to. I felt like I had found permission to be myself.
Feminism is a movement for equality. The cause has made a lot of progress over the years, but there is still a long way to go before we all are truly are equal.
Yes, I’m a feminist, and proud.”

Do you feel women have to conform to social norms and stereotypes to be taken seriously? Do you have any experiences of this?

“I think if you are secure in yourself and who you are, with a strong network supporting you, you shouldn’t need to conform to others expectations. To be taken seriously or not lies outside of your control. Live with integrity.”

And is there anything you would like to add to your interview?

“Yes, I’d like to compel anyone reading this to think about what types of inequality they might encounter or witness in their own lives, and to be brave enough to speak out and challenge it when/where it occurs. #BeTheChange”

The full transcript of my interview is here:

E-magazine here:

ASLI as an organisation exists to give a voice to the unheard.

We believe this world can be enriched and given a voice through art.

We aim to utilize art as a medium to engage, educate and express.

Our purpose is to raise awareness of social inequality, environmental conservation and animal welfare. Giving our attention to the most vulnerable of causes.

Our Projects incorporate all disciplines and abilities of artistic expression.

Creating opportunity, allowing for reflection, release and for us all to come together and initiate change.


More information on the charity here:

Critical Costume Conference, Helsinki 2015

Critical Costume conference took place at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland March 2015. 

This international conference was wonderfully diverse in its range of academic presentations, artist flash talks, performances, installations and exhibitions. 

Costume was showcased in all its multifaceted glory. 

It was a joy to meet people whose written publications I had read during the process of writing my literatre review, and lovely to connect with new researchers whose work so closely relates to and illuminates my own! 

I was so inspired. It was well worth the trip.

As I mentioned on twitter (@NatalieRavenArt), I felt rather excitable at the conference, like a child who had found their way home. 

I found my context.

I took lots of images of the conference and posted them on twitter; please feel free to go take a look. 

Here are a few selected images from my time in Finland.

Thank you Critical Costume.