At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
It was a process, with key moments. When I was 11 my father had to stay at home through ill health and my mother worked to support the family. Then reading ""The Second Sex"" in my twenties, which really begun a more radical process opening my mind to the objectification of women, and man's enslavement of women through their reproductive ability.
Later, when my daughter was born, I took unpaid six months leave from work to facilitate paternity leave, and not longer after I became a stay at home dad, because that was the best thing for our family.
My wife then ontinued her career and my daughter was growing up, but I started calling myself a feminist publicly in recent years, after the launch of the HeForShe movement, it was then I realised it was important to stand up for feminism in an active way on a daily basis."
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
As a necessary movement I would say Simone de Beauvoir, Emma Watson, my wife, daughter and all the bad ass women who refuse to accept society the way it is.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
Marrying a strong woman, being friends with many strong women, not shying away from taking direction and leadership from women. Being generally comfortable in the company of women. As I mentioned, being a stay at home parent. Also as the central theme and inspiration for my art career. Finally, deciding to become a volunteer advocate for Womanspace, the local organisation helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
Standing up against sexism and misogyny vocally when it arises. Through my artwork and the message it brings of equality, celebrating feminist icons, and claiming the freedom for women to be who they want to be and to present themselves without judgement.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
Women in equal positions of leadership worldwide be it political, business, artistic, cultural, educational and more. The end of a society where gender violence and sexual assault exists because degradation of women is accepted and normalised by society. The daily violence against women must come to an end.
How I Define Feminism:
My definition of feminism is standing up for women and their rights and empowerment every day. Standing against the patriarchal society and its male entitlement which cause discrimination and violence against women. Which means acting against and raising awareness of the many issues women face today, not limited to sexual assault, domestic violence, rape culture, campus rape, equal pay, body image, sexual harassment, healthcare, contraception, abortion, female genital mutilation (FGM), girls’ education and forced marriages.
Andre Veloux is a British Feminist Artist.
The focus of work is a feminist, gender equality and women's rights project, which explores the way women are viewed and society's expectations of them. A series of portraits of feminist icons, show strong, powerful and self-motivated women, some of whom have reached iconic status for their work and influence, and in themselves are agents of change in society. A second series includes playful composite portraits, created from blending features of different faces to create a single visual. These comment on the constant demands on women to continually rebuild and renew how they present themselves. Included in the project are further sets of works, Freedom Without Judgement, Briefs and Panties, and Anti-Portraits. The first of which depict women's clothing and appearance, defending the right to present one's self freely, without fearing harrassment or intervention from others. In the second case, a series of dyptychs containing a man's briefs and a woman's panties illustrate the different form, function and ultimately expectations of men and women through the underwear they wear. The anti-portrait works which show a woman from the back, comment on her vulnerability, and her lack of consent in being seen or perhaps imagined in such a scenario in which she is only wearing her under clothing.