Panmela Castro is an activist artist whose social policy work, primarily focused on gender equality, provides the core inspiration for the content of her provocative paintings. With her work, Panmela challenges patriarchal notions of public space as related to sexism, sexuality, subjectivity, and power relations. Using graffiti as a vehicle for cultural transformation, Panmela has brought many successful projects promoting women’s rights to fruition.
Inspired by the classic existentialist text The Second Sex (Le Deuxième Sexe) by French feminist scholar Simone de Beauvoir, Brazilian graffiti artist Anarkia Boladona’s exhibition The Myth interprets the various stereotypes mythologizing the female “other.” Focusing on the relationship between sexuality and gender, Boladona depicts recognizable religious figures (such as Eve), and then counters, complicates, and compliments them with empowering mythological figures of her own creation. Boladona furthers her exploration of the composition, color, and narrative context within which these mythologies traffic with a complimentary series of screen prints.