Paola Martínez Fiterre
My artwork reflects what being a young, Cuban woman means. Often stereotypes and gender expectations influence the way Cuban women act. As a young girl I felt uneasy with people’s comments and strongly believed that I should be able to make my own choices without having to worry about what others would say. My work recognizes the beauty of femininity and encourages women to love themselves. Sexual harassment is another common problem that women face. In Cuba, men often yell vulgar things at women in the street and make them feel uncomfortable or frightened. I address this issue by objectifying parts of my body in an attempt to start a dialogue about treating women’s bodies like objects. My images question societal standards and persuade people to reflect on their beliefs.