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Artist at Work: Maria Maria Acha-Kutscher, Feminist Visual Artist


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All too often women are written out of history—leading many to believe that most if not all of the people responsible for shaping our society were men. But through her illustrations, María María Acha-Kutscher is ensuring that we do not forget how women have been fighting and confronting racism, rape culture, gender-based violence, and other human rights issues.

A Peruvian artist based in Madrid, Acha-Kutscher is making visible the ways in which women worldwide have fought—and are fighting—to transform the conditions and circumstances of their communities.

Since she began her digital drawings of women activists in 2008, she has profiled more than 200 women—some of whom are unidentified participants in protests around the world such as Occupy Wall Street and Slutwalk, as well as historical figures and current leaders in social movements. Between her popular online images, partnerships with women’s rights organizations, and her commissioned work in public spaces, Acha-Kutchser’s illustrations have reached millions of people worldwide.

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