Over the last three years Phoebe’s practice has been exploring current attitudes to feminism, gender equality and women’s expectations and aspirations. Working collaboratively with a wide range of communities and young women’s groups her research has led her to draw upon and subvert the contemporary culture of nail art. Creating printed nail designs depicting women of significance specific to the groups she works with, these nail designs are then applied in the nail salon by the project participants. This nail salon acts as a site for dialogue and exchange of ideas, questioning possibility models, what feminism and gender equality means today.
Alongside the nail salon the working group also host a programme of public discussions, talks and performances addressing the topics raised through the workshops.
Since 2013 the Influences series has toured the UK and internationally, in various contexts and locations. Highlights include: SA-UK SEASONS 2014 & 2015, a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa and the British Council (SA), Graz Museum, steirischer herbst festival (AU), Southbank Centre, Women of the World Festival 2013 (UK), Late at Tate Britain (UK), Mulberry School for Girls (UK) Bob and Roberta Smith’s Art Party Conference (UK), The Open Barbers (UK) Clean Break (UK) and London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and Fierce Festival (UK).
Featured images: SA-UK SEASONS, Johannesburg (SA), November-December 2015, coinciding with 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.
Influences Nail Salon, Johannesburg hosted Treatments, a public programme of activities and events curated by Ashley Whitfield with the aim to further unpack the notion of feminism. Treatments presented work by Johannesburg-based artists and practitioners Tsholo Bless, Farieda Nazier and Alberta Whittle and Sober & Lonely.
Influences Nail Salon, Johannesburg also featured Waiting Room Literature by the Sober & Lonely Library for Science Fiction, Feminism and Misc. The artistic duo Sober & Lonely, a series of selected books, zines and graphic novels available for reference in the waiting area.
Photography: Phoebe Davies and Anthea Pokroy
Design: Tom Merrell
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