The Portrait of a Vandal


To be born with a woman’s body is to bear the unsolicited burden of humanity’s unresolved attitudes towards sex.
She learns to adapt to a patriarchal system that blames women for the misbehavior of men.
— MissMe

She’s taught to be ashamed of her sexuality and apologize for the power of her body. This is the portrait of an unapologetic soldier, The Portrait of a Vandal. Sex has always been used by traditional societies as a way to control and shame women. An excuse to package and preserve us from and for the gaze of strangers. Even though Feminism has brought us a very long way, we still have miles to conquer. Most of the distance deeply rooted in both men's and women’s mentality and subconscious.

The Portrait of a Vandal is an unapologetic soldier. The battle is one of regaining what is primarily ours, in a bold street-guerrilla way.

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The vandal is not about the female gender classically portrayed, it’s about so many more things. It’s the reaction to the oppression of the patriarchal society.

It’s not about men oppressing women, it’s about the patriarchal mentality oppressing the female reality.
— MissMe

The female body has been hijacked and taken away from women. We didn’t have the power over it, they did. It became an object. We take it back. It’s ours. That’s why it’s always a frontal pose — the vandals are never trying to seduce or look pretty. It’s confrontational and naked. People are thrown off by that. Usually when a woman is naked, it’s to be seductive or sexual. Sometimes it’s art, yet almost always made by men for men. But if it’s just a woman that portrays herself naked, without any seductive intention, people don’t seem to know what to do with it.

 
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