Privacy is a privilege. It is rarely enjoyed by women or transgender men and women, queer people or people of color. When you are an Other, you are always in danger of having your body or some other intimate part of yourself exposed in one way or another. A stranger reaches out and touches a pregnant woman’s belly. A man walking down the street offers an opinion on a woman’s appearance or implores her to smile. A group of teenagers driving by as a person of color walks on a sidewalk shout racial slurs, interrupting their quiet.

For most people, privacy is little more than an illusion, one we create so we can feel less vulnerable as we move through the world, so we can believe some parts of ourselves are sacred and free from uninvited scrutiny. The further away you are from living as a white, heterosexual, middle-class man, the less privacy you enjoy – the more likely your illusions of privacy will be shattered when you least expect it.


Anonymous asked:

Do you think that people have to make art themselves to enjoy art?

gvmma answered:

Not at all! I think if you make art, you might have a different perspective on art to those that do not but I am firm believer that art is for everyone. I think so many people feel daunted + uninterested in art / galleries because they don’t think they “get’ it or they feel their understanding is too shallow and that’s such a shame. I also think modern art has further isolated the “public” because so much shock art makes people feel like they’re being mocked or something. I think if you want to enjoy art all you have to do is look at it / the more you look at art the more you understand + appreciate I think.