Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ms. Jessica Svendsen Explains It All To You

I've been living in New York this year, but on a rare trip back to Yale I saw parts of Jessica Svendsen's meticulous, beautiful project Graphic Feminism. Jessica's talent isn't news; for a while now she's been a powerful architect of what feminism looks like on campus, and there's a subset of gender students and the Yale Women's Center collective who murmur reverently about Jessica's designs. But this new project of hers strikes with particular strength. Her collage of comments ("Your Comments Here") resurrects the whole atmosphere of last spring's struggle in the wake of Zeta Psi's hate speech. I interpret a mordant humor from the piece, although-- it being what it is-- there are a lot of other ways to experience it.

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