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This Artist Turned Iconic Feminist Moments Into Powerful Illustrations

"I believe that art is a powerful political tool to contribute to a better world, a world where equality between women and men can be possible."

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María María Acha-Kutscher, a 46-year-old artist based in Madrid, Spain, illustrated a series of well-known photos of women for a project she calls "Indignadas."

"The images of 'Indignadas' show empowered women in political action and also the female body as a support for the political message," Acha-Kutscher told BuzzFeed News.

"By transforming photographs into drawings, I immortalize these actions to show that social changes throughout history were made by women and men together."

"It consists of a visual record of women involved in protest movements like 15M (Spain), Occupy Wall Street (NYC), as well as feminist movements like Femen, Pussy Riot, SlutWalk, and Red Carpet from Peru, among others," she explained.

One of Acha-Kutscher's favorite illustrations is of Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz carrying her mattress around campus.

Photo courtesy of María María Acha-Kutscher

"Through this performance, carrying a mattress with her everywhere she goes until her attacker is expelled, shows that art is a powerful form of communication," she said.

Acha-Kutscher prints her drawings onto large tarps to display in public spaces. She hangs them from balconies and windows in cities all around the world.

"For me, it’s important that these images become part of the everyday flow of life, where anyone can see without charge," Acha-Kutscher said.

"I believe that art is a powerful political tool to contribute to a better world, a world where equality between women and men can be possible."

h/t Mic

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