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Mathilde Jansen

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  • City, State: Amsterdam, North-Holland
  • Geographic Location: Europe


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Friday, July 11, 2008 4:36 PM

Many contemporary women artists use their body to make a political statement. Artist Ingrid Mwangi is one of them, creating work that is innovative, visually striking and often shocking. She spent the first 15 years of her life in Kenya and has been living in Germany ever since. Through photography, performance, sound, installation and video, she's created a "body of work" that questions both social and political conventions. Mwangi writes: My body is the only thing that I own... I react, interpret and question the clichés and stereotypes with which I am faced... I use art to awaken consciences.

Women sow paddy in a field at Pawara, some 40 miles south of Allahabad, India.

Friday, July 11, 2008 1:53 PM

"Seeds are our mother," declares physicist and activist Vandana Shiva, founder of the revolutionary Indian seed-saving organization Navdanya. The organization's name translates as "nine crops." Its mission: To support local farmers and rescue and conserve crops that are being pushed into extinction. "Seed is the first link in the food chain," explains Shiva. "Saving seed is our duty, sharing seed is our culture."


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