#TheMagazineProject explores feminine identity through the lens of mass communication and abstraction.

Each site specific exhibition explores feminine identity through the lens of mass communication and abstraction. Visual artist Sarah Palmeri uses this platform to experiment with various drawing methods that confront idealizations of women in advertising. Community members were invited to create their own magazine collages at Open Studio Days during various exhibits around the country, starting at Understudy Denver. In the fall of 2018, The Magazine Project will publish the first volume of Reassembled, a collection of these collages, reassembled and reprinted in magazine format. This publication examines how the arts and advertising can contribute to addressing social change. A portion of each volume’s sales will be donated to to The Family Tree’s Women in Crisis Shelter in Denver, CO.

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The intent of mass media is this manipulative gender stereotyping,” says Palmeri. “To be the best man or woman, you should have this and look like this. The difference of intention in this project is that it’s challenging you to be self-reflective, to understand yourself and your relationship to other people.
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“I grew up in a little town an hour outside of Baton Rouge, where we had a Piggly Wiggly and a stoplight,” Palmeri says. “I realized at a certain point how I’ve been put in this straitjacket: ‘You’re a girl, you’re so fragile, let other people take care of that.’ No, I’m capable of doing all of those things despite what you think women can or should do.”

Read more of the interview here.