Like – But like yeah!

Courtesy of Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse
Courtesy of Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse

Don’t miss tonight the opening at Gallery Q, of Like, the show curated by Maja Malou Lyse and Arvida Byström, nordic girls at the vanguard of feminism’s new wave. There will be a Skype Session with readings by Grossmary, Anna Crews, Cristine Brache and Ann Hirsch and a Virtual Dj-set by Girls Get Busy. Girls Get Busy has expanded into a 10,000-follower-strong online platform that distributes other zines and supports female-identified artists, musicians and writers. 

Courtesy of Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse
Courtesy of Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse
Two months ago Zing Tsjeng wrote on Dazed an article entitled “The Revolution will be feminised”, Like‘s curators Arvida Byström and Maja Malou Lyse were featured: “There are so many male-dominated places where women aren’t allowed to feel comfortable,” says photographer Arvida Byström, who runs Gal Space, a pink-floored, female-run gallery in east London. “It’s not spoken aloud, like, ‘This is a male-only place,’ even though it is. Females need their spaces to talk, to get together, to realise they’re not being fucking paranoid (about sexism).” 

Courtesy of Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse
Courtesy of Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse

Christopher O’Leary wrote another article: “How to Hide from Big Brother” featuring performance artist Jillian Mayer, in Like exhibition, who teaches how to use makeup to hide from cameras on a YouTube tutorial. “The goal, the video advises, is to break up symmetry. If the conventions of cosmetics ask for certain regions of facial structure to be highlighted – cheekbones, nose bridges, lashes, lips – cosmetic camouflage necessitates the opposite. Contours must be masked by irregular misshapes”. 

Courtesy of Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse
Courtesy of Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse

Like, u know. The word like is like, seen as something redundant, like the way female coded objects are like, u know, well, the colour pink or u wearing lipstick is seen as something unnecessary, but like, for some people it’s still like pretty enjoyable and it’s not like it’s hurting anyone else really. And then like, the verb ‘to like’ something online is like, you know, when ur getting that ‘like’, you know what ur social value is in a money-driven society. 

Courtesy of Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse
Courtesy of Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse
But like at the same time it’s like based on something pretty positive and like actually some kind of support when like, u know u r liking someone’s selfie. U know, if we like think about ‘liking’ in relationship to selfie haters, well it might not be sellable to like hate on selfies but like, it’s pretty mean. Likeable art by Patricia Alvarado, Gabby Bess, Cristine Brache, Arvida Bystöm, Jennifer Chan, Anna Crews, Rosemary Kirton, Mikkeline Sofie Larsson, Maja Malou Lyse, Jillian Mayer, Molly Soda, Camgirlsproject/Vanessa Omoregie, and more.

Courtesy of Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse
Courtesy of Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse
 
 

 

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