French artist Prune Nourry sculpted this army of Chinese schoolgirls meant to represent the social status of women in China and raise awareness about females’ ‘seemingly unchangeable fates’ in the nation.
For her army of 108 life-sized schoolgirls, New York-based artist Nourry used the same modeling techniques as used in the famous “Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses” sculptures in Xi’an.
“I wanted to highlight the girls that are not cared about, by mixing them with a strong familiar symbol [the Terra-Cotta Warriors],” Nourry said.
China’s ratio of 117 boys born to every 100 girls exacerbates the country’s gender divide and contributes to inequality in the work place as well as in society at large (see: leftover women).
The sculptures are a part of Nourry’s “Terracotta Daughters” exhibit featured at the Gallery Magda Danysz in Shanghai, open until October 26.
Gallery Magda Danysz: 188 Lingqing Road (cross street: Pingliang Road)
[Image credit: Zach B., Galerie Magda Danysz]