Hebe Argentieri

Photo credit: Emmanuel Borao

Junín, Buenos Aires, Argentina

10 x 11 x 4.7 inches

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Gender is constructed in a way that intentionally undermines the status of females and puts them at a disadvantage. As much as feminism has gained in the last years, gender stereotypes still serve to uphold patriarchy.
My work results from the feelings of impotence and rebellion I have always endured at the constrictions experienced as a Latin American woman living in a misogynist society and the self determination needed to transcend the social construct of femininity. I focus on the small everyday changes.
The shapes and materials (wood and plastic broom filaments) of the pieces do not correspond with the pre conceived concepts of male and female attributes, in line with the idea that stereotypes can be altered. In this way, wood-regarded as masculine- adopts feminine shapes, whereas the broom- icon of feminine domain- shows normative male traits.
“Let nothing define us. Let nothing hold us. Let freedom be our own substance”, Simone de Beauvoir

Hebe Argentieri is a jewelry artist based in Junín, Argentina. She is part of the collectives Joyeros Argentinos, Caracú, KM 0, Proyecto Totoral and Klimt02 platform. She has been teaching at her own studio since 2015.

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