October 02, 2014
Lured by the crisp fall air outside, this week the mia piuma team decided to get out of the office and venture downtown to see Prune Nourry’s exhibit at the China Institute. We all felt inspired by Nourry’s bold yet slightly haunting sculptures, called the Terracotta Daughters, and somehow the mood of the exhibit seemed to perfectly match the chilly fall day outside.
Nourry, a French artist, reflects on human behavior in her artwork, and this latest exhibit is no exception. Her work is a beautifully executed statement about the reality of China’s gender imbalance, and the lives that could have been. Nourry based the 116 life-sized sculptures on eight orphan girls she was matched up with through the help of a nonprofit organization, and each one was meticulously crafted with unique details. Even more inspiring, the sale of the sculptures will help support the girls’ education.
As we walked along the rows, it got us thinking and talking about gender politics on a larger scale. We discussed Emma Watson’s recent speech for the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, which calls on men and boys to help end gender inequality worldwide. Watson underscores how women’s issues impact everyone, yet in our culture feminism is often labeled as “unattractive” or “anti-men”. Her main point? There is an unequal involvement of the genders engaged in the gender inequality issue itself.
On a much smaller scale, having a strong sense of self and embracing our feminine qualities is as much a part of NightStyle as is having beautiful nightwear. The mia piuma woman is strong and powerful and comfortable in her own identity. And although Nourry’s artistic subject matter is heartbreaking, it is this powerful message incorporated into her artwork that makes it so profound.