Jessica Bond 13 posts
Jess joined FF2 Media as a 2020 graduate of Temple University's journalism program. She has a passion for the arts and using writing as a tool to spread awareness on social issues, independent and small artists. She is a 2021-2022 Fulbright recipient to the University of Sussex, getting her MA in Media and Cultural Studies. She hopes to become an international journalist focusing on local communities and showing the beauty within them.

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Nicole Rudick’s Unconventional Biography of Niki de Saint Phalle

Only some artists are larger than life itself. Niki de Saint Phalle is definitely one of them. Niki’s work is colorful and emotional and was often utilized to discuss her politics, or rather her disdain for the current political sphere. Unfortunately, Niki’s work went unknown in the United States until her later years, showing how even the most influential artists can succumb to the hyper-male-focused art world that leaves women artists in the shadows. read more.

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Meet Courageous Iranian Women in Soheila Sokhanvari’s Exhibit

Globally, the fight for women’s rights is still happening. This can be seen in the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the United States this past summer and the subsequent protests that occurred after it. 

The current protests in Iran are in response to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. She was killed by Iran’s morality police because she was not wearing the hijab to government standards.read more.

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“Faith Ringgold: American People” Next Stop? San Francisco!

You can’t necessarily change what’s going on, no, but I can say what I think about it. I’m free to do that. And I will.

As a Black woman living in the USA, learning about my history is something that has been heavily contested. The narrative that I have learned about my ancestors is often seen as whitewashed and trauma-filled, focusing on the handful of accomplishments we have made or the trauma we have endured (and the trauma we still going through) through the remnants of slavery.… read more.

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Marilyn Stafford Inspires Young Photographers to Speak Their Truth

“I think of myself as a storyteller, speaking through the lens of my camera. I have always endeavored to find a way to bring awareness to the public eye, to tell stories that are socially relevant and to create change for the better.”

Photography is an art form that allows us to engage with a reality we may only have heard of in stories.read more.

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How Kellie Miller is Working Towards an Inclusive Art Industry

Historically, the art sector is seen as a white middle-class industry — often heavily male-dominated — leaving many marginalized artists to feel they are not welcome in the art community. Kellie Miller is one artist who is hoping to change how we engage with art through not only her work as an artist but through her work as a gallery owner, highlighting how engaging with art shouldn’t be a privilege but a right.read more.

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Mona Caron’s WEEDS: When Art and Activism Meet

Activism can come in many different forms. It can come in a protest, a boycott, or even a work of art.

Artists worldwide have found creative ways of expressing their political ideologies on how the world can be more progressive. Mona Caron is one of many artists who has used large-scale artwork to communicate her artistic capabilities and advocate for a more progressive future. read more.

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