What are the current issues women face around the world? The new Wynwood exhibition Womanish brings some of those to light with a playful, thought-provoking approach. Designed by women for women, the experience incorporates 16 one-of-a-kind room activations, each assembled with vividly colored murals and creative installations from local and national female artists. Visitors can snap pictures as they interact with the space or rent a Polaroid for 10 complimentary prints.
Sisters Danyelle and Dionna Gray founded the initiative in their hometown of Chicago last year to provide a safe, empowering place for women to connect. “The word ‘womxn’ is an alternative spelling of the English word ‘woman,’ an intersectional term that includes women of color and other sects not included in the original feminist movement,” says Danyelle. “We feel that Womanish intertwines flawlessly into the many current movements showcasing women empowerment and womxn’s voices.”
What has been accomplished, what still needs to be done, and who has been left out of the narrative? Different “ish” factors of the contemporary womanhood experience are highlighted from various viewpoints, including awakening the inner child in “Childish,” experiencing a holographic dimension in “Vanish,” and exploring the impact of the pink tax in “Consumerish.” The sisters say showing in Miami was a great accomplishment and are planning to take the project to other cities to continue fostering womxn discourse.