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She Who Dares: Feminist Artists

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Turkish author Elif Shafak celebrates female artists Suhaee Abro, Liv Strömquist and Li Maizi, daring to fight for equality with creativity.

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Turkish author and feminist activist Elif Shafak celebrates the female artists daring to fight for equality with creativity, in the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp.

Actor and dancer Suhaee Abro stars in My Pure Land, a film set in rural Pakistan and described as a ‘feminist western.’ She discusses the challenges of being a feminist- on and off screen- and the impact of the social media movements #MeToo and #MosqueMeToo on Muslim women.

Can periods ever be public art? Swedish comic book artist Liv Strömquist shares her story of daring to depict menstruation on the metro in Stockholm. The artist-activist Li Maizi, one of China’s Feminist Five, was detained for daring to challenge sexual harassment on public transport. For The Cultural Frontline, she delivers her ‘Woman-ifesto’ of feminist art principles.

Plus, the musicians Björk and Anoushka Shankar each pay tribute to their personal art heroines and the novelist Chloe Aridjis remembers an inspirational artist who broke the mould in Mexico.

Presenter: Elif Shafak
Producer: Kirsty McQuire

Photo: Feminist activists participate in a women’s march in Berlin, Germany on 21st January, 2018 Credit: Adam Berry/ Getty Images

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