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  Mumbai-based photographer Victoria Krundysheva's project "The Witch Hunt" has us entranced. In a series of haunting photographs, Krundysheva creates a modern-day exploration of medieval-era witch hunts. She photographs women along with captions about how to spot a witch — for example, "You need to know – they don’t drown, so be on lookout for women who even after you threw them in the water and pushed them under are still emerging, stronger than before." In her artist statement, Krundysheva writes, "Photography to me is my personal...
Catching up with Afghan graffiti queen Shamsia Hassani War-torn Afghanistan is among the world’s most dangerous countries for women. But that’s not stopping one brave lady from hitting the streets to add a little feminist flair to Kabul’s walls. Shamsia Hassani is Afghanistan’s first prominent female street artist. Since attending a graffiti workshop in 2010, the 28-year-old has become known for her breathtaking murals of women, often painted on fragments of bomb-damaged buildings. Some are joyful and dreamlike, others melancholic and nightmarish; but the hijab-wearing figures are...
C2E2, one of the nation’s largest pop culture events, is happening this weekend in Chicago, and I have an all access pass to everything. On Thursday, April 20th, I was given a sneak peek into some exciting DC Comics news before the con even began. DC publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, along with heavyweight industry artists, Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, and John Romita Jr., unveiled their newest project, Dark Matter. Dark Matter will be a series of books and comics presenting all-new superheroes to the...
Jan van Raay (American, born 1942). Faith Ringgold (right) and Michele Wallace (middle) at Art Workers Coalition Protest, Whitney Museum, 1971. Digital C-print. Courtesy of Jan van Raay, Portland, OR, 305-37. © Jan van Raay As part of their A Year of Yes, Brooklyn Museum is exhibiting a collection art by black woman artists of an unrecognized generation, entitled We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85. The new exhibit, part of a yearlong series of feminist exhibitions, includes over 200 works ranging from film to performance,...
Legendary feminist artist Carolee Schneemann has just been awarded Venice Biennale’s prestigious Golden Lion prize for lifetime achievement for her "direct, sexual, liberating and autobiographical" work. Check out her interview with Miss Rosen in the latest copy of BUST below.   Artist. Feminist. Revolutionary. Carolee Schneemann, now 77 years old, has been traversing the sacred spaces of female sexuality and gender in the name of truth, liberation, and freedom from the patriarchy for more than half a century. Raised on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, Schneemann learned...
Playwright-performer Sarah Jones “plays with the spaces between” questions about self-creation for her one-woman shows, Surface Transit (2000), Tony award-winning Bridge & Tunnel (2004, produced by Meryl Streep), and Sell/Buy/Date (2016). Jones slips seamlessly into character during her shows, donning their props and accents: elderly Jewish Lorraine; soft-spoken Lakota Gary; fast-talking feminist Bella; and many others.Her most recent play, Sell/Buy/Date, came about in part due to experiences she had performing for audiences that weren’t her “usual well-heeled Broadway” crowd, and which caused her to think...
Julia Mamaea, the first official Empress of the Roman Empire The Metropolitan Museum of Art can sometimes be a little overwhelming. With so much to see, it’s hard to know where to look, and harder still to get the full story behind a piece. The Met can also be somewhat dude-heavy. The Met has never had a female director; meanwhile Guerilla Girls, a group of anonymous feminist activist artists, contrasts the number of women artists against the number of female nudes on display, and the numbers are depressing...
It’s rather unremarkable for me to begin this feature by claiming that the art world is a world that exists in a universe that’s anything other than considerably exclusionary. I think that, with that sentiment, I’m simply stating the obvious. The world of art, as well as every other cultural crevice of society, lends itself to habitual sexism, racism, classism, etc. You get it. I’m referring to the infinite list of the “isms” with which you’re familiar if you’re reading BUST. Whether you’ve taken an...
For the latest in our series on women photographers, Lady Shooters, Tara Wray interviews Vancouver-based documentary and portrait photographer Jackie Dives. Jackie Dives is a documentary and portrait photographer living in Vancouver, B.C. She is drawn to photographing emotionally intense situations. Her work has tackled such diverse topics as abortion, menstruation, drug addiction, and polygamist cults. Working in digital and film, her current series includes a decade-long project, which aims to tell a personal story of living with depression.  from "Menstruation"  Can you tell the readers of BUST...

You've probably heard the phrase "For most of history, Anonymous was a woman," a paraphrase of a Virginia Woolf line from A Room Of One's Own. Artist Patty Caroll explores a similar idea in her series Anonymous Women. Now collected into a book of the same title published by Daylight Books, these haunting images explore the way women's lives have been defined by gender roles around femininity and domesticity. As Carroll writes: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” commanded the Wizard of Oz, a small, ordinary...
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