"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti
When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become.
Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy.
"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."
Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet.
"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."
Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.
One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.
It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.
"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."”
From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.
Oooh. I reblogged a partial version of this recently but I didn’t know how many more there were! I LOVE these!
OK SO THERE ARE TONS MORE OF THESE OF THE ARTISTS FB PAGE. GUYS THESE ARE AWESOME.
LETS APPLAUD CAROL ROSSETTI EVERYONE
Love people. Love all people, be kind to all people, be warm to all people. Everyone has their own battles and struggles and stories and reasons. Th best thing we can do is love them.
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[Exclusive] This autumn, the boys release their hugely anticipated fourth album – the aptly named, FOUR. Perhaps one of the most hardworking groups in history, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson have spent most of the last 12 months recording all over the world – moving seamlessly between stadiums and recording studios. Each one of these songs has come together on the road, on tour buses and in hotel rooms.
“Being able to say we are releasing our fourth album seems absolutely crazy. From the very beginning of the process we wanted to make our fourth record our proudest moment to date, and I genuinely feel we’ve achieved that. It’s been really hard work recording most nights after shows - it’s been a real labour of love, as they say!” says Louis.
“We’ve grown up,” says Liam. “and you know, we’ve tried to be more hands on with the writing this time. We’ve written on almost every song, which is ace. A lot of our singles have been bold and more pop based, but I’d say as an album this is a bit more chilled”
The group has, once again, been joined by an array of internationally respected songwriters – many of whom are now firmly a part of the One Direction family; each returning to collaborate with the boys, who themselves have become more confident in their songwriting. The record features big names such as Julian Bunetta, John Ryan, Jamie Scott and Wayne Hector.
“We’ve aimed for the music to grow up with us,” reveals Zayn. “Hopefully we’ve done that with this album.”
Harry adds, “It still sounds like us. It’s just us as 20, 21 and 22-year-olds.”
“We feel like we’ve got some really good quality songs on FOUR and that our fans will connect to them, especially the lyrics” explains Niall. “A huge amount of thought goes into writing the lyrics, it’s one of the most important aspects for us and we spend a lot of our time in the studio trying to get this exactly how we want it. I think it’s a really special album, it’s by far my favourite yet. When we first discussed the direction for the album we all said we wanted to strike a balance of the music we’re into now and what our fans would want and expect to hear from us - I think we’ve done that with FOUR. We can’t wait for our fans to hear it.”
With four BRIT Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards and seven MTV Europe Music Awards already under their belt, One Direction now release FOUR.
Niall - iHeartRadio Music Festival, 20th September 2014