FEMEN: A portrait of opposition (contains nudity)

Posted by Tom Megginson | 25-03-2012 14:06 | Category: Women's Issues


French photographer Guillaume Herbaut recently won a World Press Photo 2012 award for his portrait of FEMEN’s Inna Shevchenko standing defiantly outside of Kiev, Ukraine.

A few weeks ago, Guillaume returned to Kiev to photograph the women of the movement defying the winter weather as well.

FEMEN have long defended their sexualized method of protest by claiming that if they just marched with banners they would never be noticed, and their voices would never be heard.

See the pictures with nudity after the break, and decide for yourself if the messages have greater impact when framed by the power of the female form. See other FEMEN coverage in the Osocio archives.







Beautiful work. I wish the sign carried by Alexandra Nemchinova did not use her larger size as a pun, but obviously she was a willing participant.

All photographs copyright Guillaume Herbaut.

Guillaume Herbaut (photographer)
Kiev Connexions


Comments about FEMEN: A portrait of opposition (contains nudity)

They are using the languages of the same stereotypes they want to fight. Do you think it could work? I’m not sure about it.

Posted by Tommi | 7-04-2012 16:01

Comments about FEMEN: A portrait of opposition (contains nudity)

it’s very exciting! it be very good if those femen come to china ,they can be a new cullural revolution!ha ha ha

Posted by li | 16-01-2013 08:07

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