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FotoTalk: BANSHEES: Kate Warren and Maggie Famiglietti of SLVT Cult

  • Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)
Photo courtesy of: Kate Warren and Maggie Famiglietti

Photo courtesy of: Kate Warren and Maggie Famiglietti

Banshees is an ongoing feminist space-making and photography project created by artists Kate Warren and Maggie Famiglietti. Curated groups of woman-identifying creatives are invited to salon-style feminist discussion and collaboration sessions. Subjects are subsequently styled in bondage inspired attire, speaking to the role subjugation plays in gender-based inequality. Deliberately predatory scenarios are staged in back alleys, with subjects encouraged to show extreme edges of their anger while being photographed. Keening with rage, these contemporary American banshees grieve the limitations imposed on women by the patriarchy while demanding their voices to be heard.

Images are then used to create combative feminist protest posters featuring slogans from all four waves of feminism. In the week leading up to the 2016 presidential election, posters were pasted all over Washington, DC and drove widespread digital community engagement through the hashtag #PussyGrabsBack. Posters were made available for free download and subsequently pasted in cities around the world.

Banshees is ongoing, expanding to encompass contemporary feminist issues of intersectionality, body and sex positivity, queer theory, trans inclusion, and anti-rape culture. Woman-identifying creatives interested in collaborating can get in touch at or on Instagram at @gokateshoot.

This is part of the Logan Fototalks on Sunday 11/12. Check out the full lineup here!

Earlier Event: November 12
FotoTalk: Andy Fernandez
Later Event: November 12
Documenting the White House