by Jeremy Morrison
During the final presidential debate last year, candidate Donald Trump had some choice words for his opponent Hillary Clinton: “Such a nasty woman.”
Trump’s critics seized upon the phrase, turning “nasty woman” into what People Magazine dubbed a “battle cry.” And in January the phrase entered the art world, as the “Nasty Women Exhibition” at the Knockdown Center in Queens, N.Y. raised more than $42,000 for Planned Parenthood with a politically-inspired art show.
Since then, more than 30 other Nasty Women Exhibitions have been held in communities around the world. Locales as varied New Haven, Conn., San Francisco, Calif. and Flensburg, Germany.
On April 2, Pensacola joins that growing list with its own Nasty Women Exhibition at Chizuko.
“We’re really excited to see what’s going to happen,” said Carrie Fonder.
Fonder, an art professor at the University of West Florida is hosting the local exhibition along with Valerie George, also an art professor at UWF. She was inspired by a friend who hosted a sister event in Detroit.
“I just loved the idea and thought it’d be really exciting to have one here in Pensacola,” Fonder said.
The goal of each Nasty Women Exhibition is to raise money for Planned Parenthood, a non-profit that provides reproductive health care services and is a favorite budgetary target for Republicans. It’s a response to what the participants view as an attack on women’s rights. According to the parent-group’s website, “Nasty Women is a global art movement that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights and abortion rights.”
“It’s about inclusiveness, and supporting women’s reproductive health,” said Fonder.
While the exhibition is politically inspired, Fonder said that the artwork on display and for sale doesn’t necessarily address any political-oriented theme.
“Some of the work is very political in nature,” she said, “but not all of it.”
The artwork submitted for inclusion in the Pensacola exhibition comes from both local and national artists. There are paintings, photography and sculptures. All art will be priced at $100 or less.
The Nasty Women Exhibition runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Chizuko, located at 506 W. Belmont. For more information, click here.