When it comes to marriage, men win and women lose, and women are starting to realise it. Smish’s new body of work is a celebration of this ‘coming of age’ (…pun not intended!) as well as a direct condemnation of the various ways in which women are disadvantaged within wedlock.
On the one hand, deep rooted patriarchal traditions, culture and society mandate women to ‘settle’ or aspire for a ‘happily ever after’, while on the other, we find our so-called ‘modern’ courts delivering unequal judgments in the name of ‘sanctity of marriage’. But what of women’s rights, independence and identity? Can they exist within the bounds of this grand institution? Or is it a cost we have to pay in order to gain respectability, security and status?
This exhibit makes a mockery of the view that marriage equals love, instead painting images and drawing focus to unjust physical, mental and emotional labour which the second gender is subject to.