Ren Aldridge

My article about Ren Aldridge’s feminist artwork up on Soapbox Press.

Soapbox Press

“Give us a smile, love.”

Surely that jovial statement can’t be street harassment. The speaker isn’t name-calling or slut-shaming. They aren’t grabbing you or following you along the street – but this comment is more than just a comment; it is a command. Someone else is demanding that you make yourself seem more friendly, amiable and sweet for their gratification. Ren Aldridge, Fine Art graduate from Goldsmiths, recognises this underlying message and challenges it. Through the creation of a large-scale, imposing sculpture, she is turning this intangible ‘passing comment’ into an ‘asshole’ of a sculpture. I met with Ren at her exhibition at ULU Play House Project space to talk about her work and the importance of feminism today.

Give Us A Smile - Park

All of Ren’s work exhibited at the Play House Project centres round the theme of street harassment. The work ranges from the monumental sculpture to interactive maps and includes an accumulative video…

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About Rebecca Livesey-Wright

I'm currently studying at Central St Martins on BA Criticism, Communication and Curation, a course which is combines elements of art history, arts and culture journalism, cultural studies and curation practice. As part of a group university project, I recently completed an exhibition proposal for 198 Arts and Learning in Brixton, exploring the theme of the transitional period between childhood and adulthood through adolescence. I write short stories for The Flaneur and have written an article for Soapbox Press. I am also working as a writer for Officially London, a tourist website for the capital. Please don't hesitate get in touch if you're interested in collaborating on any cultural or creative projects, if you would like to commission a piece of writing or to find out more about me.

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