Suffragettes

K.Road Auckland NZ — 2016

Located at a cross-road in the red light district, seven black glass figures bend around the corner of a window gallery space. Creating a multi-layered spatial field, they reflect the form and movement of shoppers, students, and street workers trading sex at night. Cut and toughened, these I-texts punctuate space, a row of exclamation marks, a black picket fence. Articulated as pronouns in public space, Suffragettes evoke the C19th activists who fought and won the vote for women and the right to be legally defined as ‘persons’. They uphold a central tenet of human rights: the personal is political. The geometric figures conflate gender into an androgynous collective, they hang as a group, inclusive of every-one. The triangular formation mimics migrating birds – they take turns leading from the front and use the slipstream to conserve energy. Organised and aligned, Suffragettes occupy the street in present tense.