May
19
2016
<em>Glass Ceiling: Kiss Me</em>
 

Addie Wagenknecht
Glass Ceiling: Kiss Me, 2014
Plexiglas, lipstick
31.5 x 19.7 x .6 in / 80 x 50.8 x 1.5 cm

Since the 1980s, the metaphor of the “glass ceiling” has referred to the oppressive reality whereby gender systematically bars women and minorities from positions of power that they can see, perform, and technically reach. An invisible barrier holds them back, despite their skills and accomplishments.

Today, the glass ceiling persists even in the face of extensive measurement and documentation. This failure—both the failure of society to address gender inequality and the feeling of personal failure experienced by those still marginalized—are the subject of this series. Staging various attempts to break the panes of bulletproof glass with a range of ineffective materials, Wagenknecht fails again and again.

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