Flores de Femicidio / Femicide Florals
Flores de Femicidio / Femicide Florals is Natali Bravo-Barbee’s ongoing memorial for women murdered by men in her native Argentina. There were 327 femicides in 2019 in Argentina alone. She begins by researching each woman’s story and gathering an archive for each victim that includes media stories and traces found on social media. With an understanding of each woman’s history, Bravo-Barbee then hand-crafts a unique 3D cyanotype flower using a camera-less process that incorporates shadow images of lace, flowers, and other vegetation. She completes each by attaching a hanging tag listing each victim’s name. Through her process, Bravo-Barbee honors women and recalls the ancient tradition of placing flowers at the grave of the dead.
To read an interview with the artist about this project please visit ANTE.
About the Artist
Natali Sabina Bravo-Barbee (born, Córdoba, Argentina) is a Queens-based artist who creates works at the boundary of photography and sculpture. Bravo-Barbee has been photographing her world since the age of fifteen, incorporating alternative processes such as cyanotype into her practice. The artist’s practice uncovers lived memories of her family’s flight from Argentina while simultaneously investigating post-colonial and feminist topics. Bravo-Barbee holds an MFA from City College, CUNY, and a BA, in Studio Art from Hunter College, CUNY. She is currently on the committee of the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQAA). Bravo-Barbee has received grants from Queens Council on the Arts and City Artists Corps funded by NYFA.