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Author: Gloria Oyarzabal
Size: 19 × 27,5 cm
Year of publication: 2020
Collector’s Edition: Woman Go No´Gree
Winner of Images Vevey Book Award 2019/2020 and Winner of “PhotoBook of the Year 2020” Award of the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation New York.
Empires, by their very nature, embody and formalize difference, both between metropolis / colony and colonial subjects. Imperial imaginary floods popular culture. Gender categories were one kind of bio-logic “new tradition” European colonialism institutionalized in most of African cultures. But there is significant religious and linguistic evidence that before colonization social practices (division of labor, profession, monarchical structures) where not gendered. Infantilization of women as part of Western patriarchal system was also exported with the colonization of the mind, configuring a state of vulnerability, making the path of dependency propitious. Can we assume social relations in all societies are organized around biological sexual difference? Beauty canon, modernity, stereotypes… Decolonize feminism questioning the Eurocentric rational theoretical frameworks that construct gender categories in a universalistic manner.
The book wrestles with the challenges of applying“universal”Western feminist ideas to cultures with entirely different traditions.
In a brilliant, colorful and rhythmic page layout, Gloria takes us out on a project dedicated to the postcolonial rethinking of gender and race. ‘