Angel, 16

As I entered the first room of the exhibition I was overwhelmed by the amount of words in black and white, which had been taken from library books that covered the walls of the room. Some sentences didn’t make sense to me, while some had strong messages about the patriarchal society that we live and breathe in. Then I glimpsed at the table that was placed in the middle of the room, in which there was a row of condoms with messages on them stating that not even condoms can protect women from men. It was at this point that I realised that Holzer’s art showcases many feminist ideas, beliefs and emotions. The row of condoms honestly surprised me as I thought to myself ‘Wow, is this even legal?!’ However, I absolutely loved how she conveyed her feminist views through powerful irony. In many ways, I’m also glad that she portrayed the condoms as this ‘fake barrier’ against the control of men, in which many women are blinded to. When I then went in to the bigger room, I was blinded by a beam of light on the ceiling. The light emitting diodes and plastic presented messages on them that conveyed thoughts about society and self-esteem. Many people in my group found it too ‘trippy’ but as I’m naturally attracted to light and colour, I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I took a photo of a quote saying, ‘the breakdown comes when you stop controlling yourself and want the release of a bloodbath’; I feel the quote relates to the idea of self-control and self-esteem. Overall, this exhibition opened my eyes to new ways to express your ideas and opinions.