Martin Firrell
Power and Gender / Women
2019
The Power and Gender / Women series explores the way women gain, hold and use power. Five women with experience of business, media and politics contributed their views:

Inga Beale CEO Lloyd's of London 2014-19, Liv Garfield CEO Severn Trent water, Alex Mahon CEO Channel 4, Annie Rickard, Founder and Global President Posterscope, and Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development 1997-2003.

In 'Ugly sweaty Men' (pictured above)
Inga Beale
claims double standards still apply to men and women. Men are judged by what they can do. Women are still judged first by the way they look.
The fact that women have attained positions of power simply means they had the tenacity to overcome these inequalities - the inequalities themselves still persist.

This work includes an image of the sculpture
Venus de Vienne
(Aphrodite bathing) from the cover of
Pallas
, a progressive arts magazine published in Buenos Aires in 1912.
Three folds in the flesh of Aphrodite's abdomen create a realistic impression of a woman rather than a representation of femininity distorted and idealised by the
male gaze
.

This artwork is part of socialart.work, a mass public art project calling for greater social justice.

It aims to create debate about power and gender, women's equality and masculinity, alternative forms of economic and social organisation, black power, and solidarity between people from different backgrounds and ethnicities.

It includes posters, publications and events supported in 2018-19 by the artist's residency with leading Out of Home media company
Clear Channel UK.
Part Of
Power and Gender / Women
Medium
Digital billboard
Displayed
UK, January 2019
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Acknowledgement
Venus de Vienne / Pallas No. 2
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Buenos Aires
Residency
Artist in Residence, Clear Channel UK
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