All paintings are Oil on canvas
The story behind this series of art works revolves around leftist uniforms / workwaer. Women, before, had been through a lot of struggles : oppression; male supremacy, working class revolutionary tradition, etc. In other countries, women were forced into prostitution and beg to survive and support their families. These are just to name a few. Women were deprived of their full and equal rights and a movement was even created to combat discrimination and degradation of suffering women.
I represent women here in uniform to symbolize their courage in fighting against maltreatment and oppression, which, ultimately gained respect all around the world.
But the question is, will the process of re-educating everyone to overcome the conventional idea of female inferiority and male superiority really create and sustain peace? If women attain their rightful position in life, will it end the suffering?
Women make up half the people. However, if everyone will come to realize that we are not the body, and that in reality, we are spirit souls - no labels attached, no color, no religion, no country, then we will achieve real equality and peace. That's why my artwork shows black and white women to signify equality. The fight against the oppression of women – students, working women, housewives, old women, poor women – will no longer be needed if everyone will look into the soul and not the material body. No male, no female, just spirit souls.
I’m Yana Nara (aka Aiya Balingit), Filipino Visual Artist from Philippines. Graduated from Technological University of the Philippines, Bachelor in Fine Arts.
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