Thursday, June 15, 2017
Aleksandra Mir | Keep Abortion Legal
Keep Abortion Legal
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2017
18.8 x 9.4 cm.
Vinyl Bumper Sticker
While living in New York City in the 1990’s, Aleksandra Mir encountered countless Anti-Abortion protests, many of which included graphic and grisly images of aborted fetuses. The artist's response is a simple message in the Helvetica typeface, in baby blue and pink colours. Not unlike Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace project or General Idea’s Image Virus [AIDS], Mir had the design printed on as many surfaces as possible: as silkscreens, postcards, manicure sets, pen knives, dental floss, sewing kits, cigarette lighters and handbags. Keep Abortion Legal has also appeared in numerous museum exhibitions, often meeting with controversy.
Given the current political climate and the increasing threats against funding for Planned Parenthood, the project unfortunately feels as timely as ever. Three days ago the work was installed as a massive public billboard alongside Interstate 70 in Missouri.
At the Toronto Art Book Fair this weekend, the Nothing Else Press will release a vinyl bumper sticker for $3.00. Stick it on your car, guitar, notebook, laptop, skateboard, water bottle or bulletin board.