Poland's Bison Ladies gatecrash Warsaw exhibition in #MeToo protest
A feminist art group in Poland has launched a protest against a Warsaw gallery showing works by controversial Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.
Dressed in their signature bison masks, Å»ubryce MÃ³wimy Nie â" or Bison Ladies, We Say No in English â" stormed the cityâs Raster Gallery on 2 August.
They protested Arakiâs work being shown as part of the galleryâs latest group show, Foreign Bodies, despite accusations from a model that the artist exploited and mistreated her throughout their 16-year collaboration.
Demonstrators gave out copies of the allegations against Araki in April, with placards against âsanctioning violence in art.â
â[Arakiâs] visions of women are provocative and violent. They validate the domination of the male gaze and the pornification of the female body,â the group said in a statement.
âÅ»ubrz yce is against sanctioned violence in commercial art, as well as those turning a blind eye to the abuse of employees and relatives just because it has been legitimised by the âprofessionalismâ of the perpetrators,â they said.
Å»ubryce MÃ³wimy Nie was formed in early 2017 as part of a backlash against the Polish governmentâs increasingly conservative reforms. The anonymous group adopted the bison â" one of Polandâs national symbols â" to protest feminist causes both at anti-government demonstrations and elsewhere.Source: Google News Poland | Netizen 24 Poland