Organized by Annie Rose, a writer, artist and sex worker, it's an exhibition meant to "celebrate the work and labor of fat artists/bodies" while showcasing a more comprehensive view of what it means to be a fat, feminist artist in the age of social media and the selfie revolution. I've noticed that even in the art world, which is supposedly really progressive, the people who get the most attention are [traditionally beautiful].
Filled with gorgeous images and installations from the likes of photographer Shoog Mc Daniel and model/designer La'Shaunae Steward, we spoke to Rose ahead of the opening to talk about everything from pretty privilege, fear of the word "fat" and how a new generation of body-positive artists are flipping it on its head. It's very dictated by beauty politics and people who are thin, white and cisgender.
I’ve crushed out on plenty of fat people, and am totally on board with this ‘fat people being desirable’ thing, but there’s a lot about the fat acceptance movement that makes my vagina dry up. It’s not just fat acceptance, it’s any sort of movement designed to convince people they should find a type of person attractive.
But for those in the gay community who live at the intersection of such identities, life can be like the worst case of double jeopardy.
“I think there is something to be learned from what we are most afraid of, and so, if that’s what I was taught to be afraid of, well [forget] that.
Ali Cantarella is a full time freelance artist, wielding her pen for indie comics, corporate clients, and private commissions alike.
When not sketching, she enjoys creating food as colorful as it is tasty, biking around her beautiful city, and leaving half-drank cups of tea on various surfaces around her apartment.