In the feminist Zeitgeist of 2019, Georgia Watkins asks; what power can a colour have?
Is pink a powerful way to reclaim femininity? Is pink a marketing tool? Or something else entirely?
In this short performance, you’re invited to a sickly sweet, sugar-induced sleepover. Mixing imagery and sound from early 2000s music video clips with contemporary feminist visual arts, Gritty in Pink asks, can the power of pink tear down the patriarchy?
Growing up the in 2000s among a strong post-feminist rhetoric that insisted “the feminist battle has been won”, Watkins grew up in a time where boys could be boys, the internet was shiny and new, and it was cool to be one of the guys.
As a teenager, she hated pinked and wore the label “tomboy” like a badge of honour. On leaving school and starting university, however, her mind was opened up to a new world of feminism: Julia Gillard refused to be lectured about sexism and misogyny; Beyoncé featured Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Flawless, and women retaliated as fragile males cried “not all men” with the hashtag #YesAllWomen trending on twitter.
Experimental in form, radical in content, Gritty in Pink explores the tensions between then and now through a consideration of bodily autonomy, femininity, male gaze and sex education.