Feminism and hip hop—two things that don’t traditionally go together—get a reinterpretation in artist Zoë Buckman’s series, Every Curve. Exploring the contradictory and complimentary influences of feminism and hip hop in her upbringing, the London-born Buckman reworks vintage lingerie, relics from our past and windows into cultural ideas of female objectification, using lyrics from hip-hop songs from the 1990s and onwards. Buckman hand embroiders the beautiful lingerie with lyrics from iconic rappers such as Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. The lyrics refer to women and span from the violent and misogynistic to the wholly sympathetic and pro-choice. This juxtaposition is witty, provocative, and inspires awareness while at the same time comparing the Janus-faced relationship between feminism and hip-hop in the last two decades. Gorgeous and with a message—I wouldn’t mind swanning around in the robe in picture 4 below.
Buckman’s first solo show Present Life Past Dreams will be shown at the Garis & Hahn Gallery in New York, opening on February 25, 2015.
All photos from Zoë Buckman’s website.