To be a woman, in whatever cultural context, involves a unique amalgam of advantage and challenge. But to be a feminist, to be an active champion of female well-being, all too often involves the baggage of a degenerative stereotype. Its message has been hijacked: like the caustic f-word, it is considered a curse rather than blessing. Greenville Tech’s RIVERWORKS Gallery seeks to reclaim feminism’s power and tenability through the exhibition f word. The collection of works from four female artists—Brooklyn-based Katrina Majkut, Charleston’s Lynne Riding, and Upstate artists Katya Cohen and Alice Ballard—explores the complex curves of womanhood through a variety of media. From Majkut’s intricate and provocative cross-stitched contraceptives to Ballard’s regenerative ceramic pods, the exhibit invites more than contemplation. It calmly encourages redefinition, a polite push to embrace the true feminist spirit through female-forward thinking.
The f word exhibition will be on display at Greenville Technical College’s RIVERWORKS Gallery through Saturday, December 16. Gallery hours are 1–5pm, Thursday–Sunday. An artists’ reception will be held on Friday, December 1, from 6–9pm.