The performers using sport to smash the patriarchy

Two artists are using the visceral nature of racket sport to make a statement on the way women are publicly expected to deny their strength and aggression.
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Cigdem Aydemir in The New National Sport. Image via Arts House.

As anyone who has played tennis or squash will agree, smashing the hell out of a ball – sometimes directly at your opponent – is a fine way to expel stress. Expanding on this idea, two artists have taken up the vigorous sports of tennis and squash to deliver powerful feminist messages, in work premiering at the Festival of Live Art.

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