“Not My King” Toolkit used during a workshop at Pop Up Feministhus, Trondheim, Norway (March 2018)
During this artistic research, the focus has been placed to structure the theoretical components and images from the history of art aiming to display facts while opening dialogues that impulse the audience to make connections between patriarchy, capitalism, and environmental issues. In order to do that and inspired by playing cards which elements respond to a patriarchal structure, a toolkit Not My King has been designed to unlock female consumerist habits, in different socio-cultural backgrounds. The goal is to collect data documenting the participants’ reactions and dialogues to the question: How does patriarchy operate in relation to hyperconsumption? The cards in the toolkit have excerpts from quantitative and qualitative research from academics, non-governmental institutions that explain the impact of individual consumers, the garment and household products industry and, objectification as well as, gender theories (Chomsky, Klein, Federici, Rancièrè, Nochlin, Buttler, Beauvoir). In addition to that, the cards have images from visual culture, a concept map and basic game rules to articulate different ludic possibilities for perspectives about the politics of women’s bodies in Western visual culture, and its connection the Anthropocene. The card game is part of a larger research project that I am currently doing in which a book titled The Gendered Planet is being designed to expose the politics of aesthetics on women’s bodies in western visual culture from XVI century until the present. This project will be finished in May 2019.