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NOT FAMOUS

ME TOO POP ART 2019  “ VIVA VAVA”  A new contemporary mature Women Pop Art.   In a world of sexual abuse, bigotry, racism, domestic violence,  parental alienation, child abuse, and sexual harassment.  Vava Venezia is a new contemporary artist speaking out loud and clear. A Me Too Pop Artist.  After years of domestic violence,sexual abuse and harassment she is  finally reaching out to us all with her “selfish selfies”  taken with a normal mobile phone Camera and then sometimes cutting herself  out like a paper doll, like she used to do as a child. To dress up her dolls , to hug them, to trash them.  Then on top of her selfie image she stamps big and bold her emotional statements of experience, of pain and dreams. Girly yes, but also mature.  Sometimes direct and blunt,  sometimes humorous but never sentimental or done with self pity. Vava has many faces that all are her, without trying to be anyone else. Still in her photos she managed to look like many different women in one , in her personal search for who she really is today or want to be. This can also be taken as a metaphor for many women of different ethnic backgrounds as Vava herself is part  Latin, part Italian and part Asian.  She is an artist and a woman to follow and respect in today's cold and indifferent world.  Vava Venezia is honest in her artistic expression.    "The Art of the Selfie"  The selfies works to expand our understanding of the space between one side of the screen and the other. The selfie is not as simple as snapping a picture of oneself  the paradox of the internet is that even the most intimate forms of sharing are mediated by a screen. Diverse and individual personas are expressed through a vehicle that can loosely be defined as Selfies. Techniques range  usual from camera, electronic media, video, digital device to Internet-generated images. In this case  with the following images  Vava Venezia have used a simple Samsung Mobil Camera. Self-portraiture are often associated with identity, distortion, and individuality.  The artist is generally both sitter and author or generator in an intimate moment of personal revelation or invention. The “ Selfies” that  artist Vava Venezia is creating is a journey in self exploration as well as it is an open window to her complexity as a woman  and  like an x-ray camera would show her body from the inside, in this way her own mobile camera shows her dreams and nightmares from the inside through her outside. She is in a way using her own pain as a brush and as pain-t in a similar way as Frida Kahlo did so successfully.  At the same time I find it amazing that Vava who belongs to the family of Women artists using themselves as blank canvases, was in fact not aware of the works of pioneer sisters like Cindy Sherman and Yayoi Kusama or contemporary women artists like Sarah Maple and of course Marina Abramovic. Its clearly shows that Vava has not tried to copy or hang on to any other women artist's train.She is honest in her expression and  she is traveling on her own, making her own journey believable. As I see it, Vava Venezia is herself a camera as much as she is a voyeur and a mirror reflection .She is unique like all of us and at the same time she is close to most women of today, searching for identity and love. In that way Vava's self-portraying project has reached one goal. She is now seen by all of us in her privacy and her wish to come out of the closet, and to break  out of her shell have been successful.

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Size:   50 W x 50 H x 1 D   cm
Year of creation: 2019
$350 USD
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From Vava Venezia , Italy
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