Jaishri Abichandani
duo/duel and the return of devastasia
A hybrid of sculpture and painting, it consists of a pair of found leather gloves on which the artist has painted portraits of two young female boxers. The dominating colour of the piece is an impossibly bright pink. They are members of the first women's boxing league in Afghanistan, founded in 2007, and the piece is a tribute to promise for the future and, more specifically, a salute to the combative, resilient spirit of women living in oppressive, patriarchal societies who are prepared to confront the violence of religious fundamentalism. This work was taken from an article in Time Magazine which used the women to justify the war in Afghanistan. The women do not support the war, but at the same time feel they need the protection of the Allied troops, as the alternative is suppression or death by the Taliban.
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