Culture Celebrating Women’s Protest — With a Meat Tent

| Thursday, 20 August 2015 20:50

Twentysomethings, you thought the prospect of sleeping on your parents’ couch was terrifying? Imagine trying to bring a date back to your fleshy, bloody meat tent. (Unless there are s’mores involved. S’mores are always a sure thing.)

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The piece, titled Matriarch, is intended by artist Andrea Hasler as a nod to the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, a 1981 protest in which 30,000 women gathered at a British air base to oppose storing American nuclear weapons there. The camp remained active for nearly 30 years, eventually disbanding in 2000. It remains the longest women’s protest in history.

The women at Greenham Common joined hands and encircled the entire base, an act that inspired the Embrace the Base exhibition for which Hasler created Matriarch. “Metaphorically, I am taking the notion of the tents, which were on site during the women’s peace camp, as the container for emotions and ‘humanize’ these elements to create emotional surfaces,” she tells Designboom.

Standing just over 4 ½ feet, Matriarch isn’t wholly flesh and bone. The tent is made of polystyrene, wax, leather, and blood. But it certainly looks real enough to capture the effect Hasler’s going for — and to give us the heebie-jeebies.

(Sorry in advance for the meat-flap jokes that some fans will inevitably make in the comments. We don’t like those pervs, either.)

Details of Matriarch:

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Matriarch and a smaller, closed version of a meat tent, titled Next of Kin:

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Fleshy balls also created by Hasler (because who doesn’t like fleshy balls?):

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h/t Designboom via Animal

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