If ever an image were to make you look twice, these intricate and infinitely layered digital collages from Womankind by María María Acha-Kutscher will do it. Yes, collages! Composed with hundreds of tiny fragments from the internet, magazines, books and the artist’s own photographs, each image is principally concerned with the two key historical moments for women’s emancipation; the British suffrage movement of the early twentieth century, and the introduction of the pill in the 1960s. Reclaiming each tiny piece from its original context and repurposing it in this way allows María to reconsider the meaning within a private, woman-centric sphere.
She explains: “Womankind seeks to redefine the meaning of the images upon which the history of women has been built since the invention of photography, where traditionally they have been relegated to the background in paternalistic, hegemonic stories. In my collages, I rescue a female historical memory, reflecting both our political struggles and the complexity of our private worlds.”