“Just because I am a woman” … The swollen faces of Brigitte Macron and Michelle Obama plastered in Milan

This series of shock posters signed by the Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo aims to alert to the scourge of violence against women. – Miguel MEDINA

It’s a shock campaign that has just invaded the walls of Milan (Italy). The swollen faces of
Brigitte Macron and Michelle Obama were plastered in the city streets, a series of shock posters by Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo. This “street art campaign” dubbed “Just because I am a Woman” aims to alert
the scourge of violence against women.

In addition to the wife of the French President and the former “First Lady”, the posters feature German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the former American presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the American Democratic parliamentarian Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the head de facto of the Burmese government Aung San Suu Kyi and Sonia Gandhi, the president of the Congress party, the main opposition party in India.

Faces with traces of blow and strangulation

By thus displaying the abused faces of some of the most important women on the world political scene, AleXsandro Palombo intends to “illustrate the drama that affects millions of women around the world (…) in order to denounce, raise awareness and obtain a real response from institutions and politics, “said his press office in a statement.

On each poster, under faces with traces of blow and strangulation, sentences in English denounce the situation of many women around the world: “I am a victim of domestic violence, I am paid less, I have suffered mutilation genital, I have no right to dress as I want, I can not choose who I will marry, I was raped. “Violence against women is a global problem that affects everyone regardless of race, social class or religion,” the posters added.

A committed artist known for his colorful and irreverent works

Contemporary and militant artist AleXsandro Palombo, 45, is known for his colorful and irreverent works. He uses satirical art as a means of raising awareness and engaging in reflection on social and cultural issues. Among his most important works are “Disabled Disney Princesses” or “The Simpsons Go To Auschwitz”.

On International Women’s Day, he launched the #BriefMessage campaign inviting women to report violence by writing a message on their panties and then sharing the photo
on the Internet.

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