BREAKING THE PAINTED CEILING WITH MASHONDA TIFRERE
JESSICA IDARRAGA // PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCINDA GRANG
Mashonda Tifrere is a woman on a mission: to combat gender bias and promote female artists and curators. Tifrere started ArtLeadHER in March 2016 and has not looked back since. Cultured sat down with the feminist powerhouse on the eve of the opening of her latest show “King Woman” to discuss her artistic ethos, her music industry origins and how to check gender bias in the arts. “King Woman” is on display at Pen + Brush from October 12 to December 9.
“King Woman” is a powerful exhibition name – what are you trying to convey with the title? The title embodies my goal for the show: to highlight work by women, especially women who question history and deny limitations. But also are persevering in their art despite social mores and norms. These artists have found a way to acknowledge their gender but at the same time move beyond it by owning it in an unabashed way-showing that women can be more than a Goddess or Queen, that they are capable of being ‘King’-the pinnacle of power, strength, and skill.