Breasts in the Press

Breasts in the Press

Breasts in the Press is an installation & video performance piece I created for the exhibition Feminist And… curated by Hilary Robinson, Ph.D  at the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, PA which ran from September 7, 2012 – May 26, 2013.

I reappropriated the song “My Humps” by the Black-Eyed Peas and wrote lyrics to the song that exposed the fetishization of breasts and sexualization of younger women in media. I recorded the song as well as video of myself performing which was then projected onto the greatly enlarged bosom of Venus, a goddess who embodies love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory.

Modern Sculpture by Pittsburgh Artist Julia Cahill Modern Sculpture and Installation by Pittsburgh Artist Julia CahillModern Sculpture by Pittsburgh Artist Julia Cahill

 

 

Breasts in the Press Lyrics

 

 

More About the Exhibition:

“The artists in this exhibition have all been informed by feminist thinking, processes, and actions, and all of them have had their world view shaped by feminism as a result. All of them have turned their gaze upon aspects of the world at large that may not at first glance have been considered to be ‘about women.

The six artists in the exhibition are highly diverse. Four are American; one is Iranian; one is British; one lives in Germany; two live in Pittsburgh; one lives in London; one has spent over a decade in China; two are African American. The youngest is in her 20s and the eldest in her 70s, and every decade between is represented. This is expressive not of a process that tried to select artists by their identify (‘one of these, one of those’), but rather the result of a selection process that recognized the diversity of feminist thought, politics, and ways of being. This is not a museum-created category, but a set of processes in the wider world, constantly finding different realities with which to engage. ‘Feminist and…’ the title invites you to identify your own feminist thinking and to fill in what for you resonates, fits, makes sense, and poses questions.”

-Hilary Robinson, Curator of ‘Feminist and…’