SHARON ATTIA: FEMINIST FIGHT CLUB

April 27-May 9, 2017

Boxing is often thought of as a “man’s sport.” Although women have been boxing since at least the eighteenth century, female boxers still do not receive the same pay, media attention, or recognition as their male counterparts. It wasn’t until the London 2012 Summer Olympics that women competed in boxing events at the Olympic Games.

Inspired by Jessica Bennett’s best-selling book, Feminist Fight Club features the women of She Fights, a non-profit organization that teaches boxing to teenage girls of color in New York City. The group began in May of 2016 and is already fast-growing. Founder Cristina Gonzalez, the Deputy Portfolio Manager at the Mayor’s Office, and Director of Programming Liv Adler, a trained fighter and boxing instructor, offer free classes to young girls from low income backgrounds in lower Manhattan. She Fights uses boxing as a tool to tap into the strength of women and challenge society’s limiting definition of femininity.

The visual representations of women and girls in photography has long been shaped by a system that both excludes and stereotypes –– showcasing women as objects, accessories, often lacking in agency. Feminist Fight Club aims to present its subjects as they really are: diverse, collaborative, imperfect, strong.

–  Sharon Attia