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Jun 16, 2016

Artist and Curator Briheda Haylock Launches Beautiful Tragedy

Belizean artist and curator Briheda Haylock is launching an exhibition at the Image Factory on Friday.  Beautiful Tragedy, as she dubs the photography display, addresses the issue of gender and sexism, as well as the objectification of women.  Admittedly, many of the images are bold and the messages are rather strong.  But that’s the point, the artist wants viewers to walk away with an unconventional perspective of society’s expectations of women and she may have just achieved that goal with this presentation.

 

Briheda Haylock, Artist/Curator, Image Factory

“The concept behind me is actually, it’s still a work in progress.  I’ve been working on it for a year and a half now, so these are just little snippets of what’s to come when I’m finished.  So this series is called Beautiful Tragedy and it’s about highlighting women issues—well psychological and emotional issues when it comes to just being a woman in society. I am focusing on relationships in a sense that we are now in a situation where monogamy is not practices. So you have like one man and five girls on a side; I don’t really like that situation. Dealing with men always coming at you sexually, so I have one image behind me…the phrase on his body [bleep] me. Like just putting them in that situation, how does it feel? The guy in the image looks shy about it cause you know sometimes they seem very aggressive and confident, but inside that’s not the case. I’m looking at being a woman, an attractive woman, or just a woman on a whole, the strain that you have. It is like you are drowning, being suffocated. That’s the image with the petals and the black water…it’s like you are drowning in this high expectation of being pretty, which is to me unrealistic, because I feel that you should be able to be who you are and not have to always be dolled up.”

 

Briheda Haylock

Isani Cayetano

“In your life as an artist, does this speak to the objectification of women?”

 

Briheda Haylock

“Yes; that is my primary focus—objectification of women. I don’t believe we need to live up to the standard of being a housewife or a trophy wife or something. We are more than that; we got brains…we can accomplish anything a man can. I mean it’s the twenty-first century.”

 

Beautiful Tragedy launches at the Image Factory at seven p.m. on Friday.

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