This Saturday, as protesters gather for the Million Women Rise march, a new artwork will be unveiled in Trafalgar Square by the street artist Bambi, whose reputation has earned her the nickname ‘The female Banksy’. In a curious choice of positioning, at the end of March it will be installed at the bottom of Nelson’s Column: a phallic 52-metre stone pillar with a statue of a bloke on the top.
Now in its tenth year, the demonstrations are intended to raise awareness of violence against women across the world – something they believe to be a global pandemic. Bambi is a good fit, since a lot of her work is politically engaged and tends to circle around what it means to be a woman in a patriarchal society. Her previous works have included tributes to Amy Winehouse, and also carried anti-war sentiments.
This will be the first in a number of new artworks Bambi has planned for this year. Watch this space!
For more details about the Million Women Rise march, head to www.millionwomenrise.com.