Signed, numbered and dated by the artist.
This work sees Fowler combine images from The Son of the Sheik (1926), Gone With The Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), three films known for their inconic and dominant leading men. Here, however, Fowler chooses to depict the films’ female leads each at particular momnets of submission that are steeped in an atmosphere of sexual violence. Menaced with the threat of violation, the intimadation gives body to a strange and fraught brand of intimacy. In this sense, Submission radiates the mixture of gender stereotype and violence that prevails in Hollywood. Fowler’s vignette portraits are labelled not with the actresses’ own names, but those of their male co-stars. Smudging the women’s typecast identities into the men’s macho limelight.Fowler’s interrogation of instituional misogyny extends to the audience’s own participation, raising the question of cinema- goers’ own submission to these male actors’ personae. Fowler’s work tugs at Hollywood’s delicate idelogoical knots, asking if we too are coerced by the filmmakers’ casting of these iconic makes into excusing the inexcusable.
This giclée print is on heavy, fine art Hahnemühle photo-rag paper. The smooth yet slightly textured surface of this paper allows for the highest quality reproduction of the original artwork. The inks used are archival and will not fade.