Women's Rites

We’ve seen lots of performance art downtown, but nothing like a non-striptease striptease.

It’s all part of the “Unpolished” exhibit, a new feminist-art installation that opens Tuesday, December 1, at the Chocolate Factory. The show, organized by ASU art alumni Victoria Latunski and Katie Hovencamp, strives to bring women’s issues to the attention of viewers, with 20 local female artists (and a guy thrown in the mix) displaying paintings, video art, and photography. Oh, by the way, the “stripping” is part of Burka Cabaret, a performance piece that will be on display live during December First Friday and on video afterward.

“We really targeted work that created a dialogue about female identity, reproduction, and breaking down the image of who a female is,” says Hovencamp. “The feminist movement is really important, because it addresses issues in our society that a lot of people still overlook. We’re still not on the same pages as men.”

Dec. 1-18, 2009


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