Thursday, September 29, 2011

Getting Noticed

Exciting news! The Wall of Femmes has been attracting attention from both within Montreal and beyond. 3,000 kilometres away in Regina, Saskatchewan, Martin Gourlie had this to say about the Wall of Femmes on his Urban Ecology blog

"The stencils represent a critique of streets covered in advertising exploiting images of women.  A grass-roots response with images of women who, through their actions, words and rich lives, challenged the patriarchal levers of control in society.  The graffiti is also an educational opportunity, a way to put names and faces into the public realm to engage the public."

Engaging with the public is one of the most important reasons we do what we do. Illustrating our public spaces is a way of communicating with our neighbours, and since the best kind of communication goes two ways, we love to see in kind responses to our visual statements. 

This rather ambiguous reply was left underneath a series of stencils on rue Saint Denis: "La Feminisme, C'est Punk." Though harder to interpret than the previously seen "Holy Fuck I Love You," we like to think that in this case, Punk is a good thing. After all, a punk is someone who doesn't follow the rules and does things their own way, right? A person who's disillusioned with the status quo and is frustrated by the unequal distribution of power in mainstream society, right? Sounds a lot like the women highlighted on the Wall. This statement, "La Feminisme, C'est Punk," reminds me of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's now famous observation: "Well behaved women seldom make history!"

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