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.”

1. 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.”

Photo courtesy of María María Acha-Kutscher

2. “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.

Photo courtesy of María María Acha-Kutscher

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

Photo courtesy of María María Acha-Kutscher

4. The artist says her series is inspired by the aesthetics of pop art, comics, and political posters from the ’70s.

Photo courtesy of María María Acha-Kutscher

5. “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.

Photo courtesy of María María Acha-Kutscher

6. “I also record important moments in our shared history, such as the global protest against the attack to Charlie Hebdo in Paris.”

Photo courtesy of María María Acha-Kutscher

7. 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.

8. 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.

Photo courtesy of María María Acha-Kutscher

9. “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.

Photo courtesy of María María Acha-Kutscher

10. The artist’s goal is to use her illustrations as a way to shed light on social movements.

Photo courtesy of María María Acha-Kutscher

11. “I hope my artwork contributes to recover our history as women,” Acha-Kutscher said.

Photo courtesy of María María Acha-Kutscher

12. “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.”

Photo courtesy of María María Acha-Kutscher

13. Go to María María Acha-Kutscher’s website to learn more about her “Indignadas” project and check out more of her work.

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