Unexpected Strength
The stark realities of gender discrimination, as experienced by the female communities that surround me, inspired the making of a strongly symbolic object; a rope woven from the donated huma hair of female friends, relatives and activists.

Through an extensive survey of how the experience of gender discrimination affected the female population in Mexico City, common experiences were documented. The research revealed how prejudices and stereotypes undermined and permeated women’s everyday experiences, but also a strong sense of resistance to the status quo, a growing sense of community amongst women and emerging activism.

The rope is a symbol of femininity, often fetishized or commodified. Therefore, through this material exploration I represented the interconnection of the female community. The hair was gathered from female friends and activists who are at the forefront of effecting change.

This project was presented at the True Matter exhibition of Dutch Invertuals Academy during Dutch Design Week 2020.

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