We Belong To Ourselves • 1
At the very end of September I received an email by Santiago Orozco, inviting me to submit 3 posters to the conference Tipografía México (TMX), which this year had the motto "The Future is Female".
TMX only had the requirement that the posters would be at the size of 74 x 120 cm (29 x 47 in) and a tight deadline.

I chose the "controversial" topic We belong to ourselves. A topic I have been turning around in my head since I was very little. I didn't really have a firm plan or sketch. The deadline was Oct 6th, 2 weeks after I got the email, so I had to go with my good old guts.

I grew up being taught, our female bodies belong to whoever is the next dominant person. Mostly male. If not one person alone, then the neighborhood, society, the state, the country.
It doesn't matter what ethnicity, I noticed too. All across the globe, women can't just be. We have to correct our whole lives to be safe. And yet, still arent. We are in the incredible times to turn this thought around. Incredibly slowly. It feels like walking through molasses. 

Lettering is a modified Hustlers by Decade Typefoundry.
I don't think have ever drawn anything digitally in that size. I use Sketchbook Pro for some patterning parts and stitched it together in Photoshop. 
For a color choice, I drew slight changes in warm and cold greys. Thinking that it might make them pop more. 
Lettering is a modified Hustlers by Decade Typefoundry.

My first thought was to keep the first woman completely naked. But to avoid some outrage, I clothed her in a gentle nothing. Planning vaguely, that the second would be mediumly clothed and the third fully covered. 
I knew from the start, that I wanted all three women to have a matter-of-fact facial expression... Not a smile. Looking straight ahead. Open arms, welcoming, but reminding with the message "we belong to ourselves", that without invitation, you can't have any of this. Generally, you can't have any of this.

The lettering is drawn so, that it's harder to see with every poster. If I could redo this project, I would draw this first one with way less visible lettering. Because this message shouldn't even be said. It should be "selbtverständlich". But centuries of misogynistic religion
I will definitely expand the series.
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