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Meet Inti Maria, the Badass Painter fighting street harassment in Buenos Aires.
What’s your signature Hollaback? A second and a half side eye. Makes ’em quiver.
Why do you HOLLA? Because everyone has a right to enjoy city life to the fullest!
What’s your craft? : I’m interested in art that finds it’s niche outside of the art-market – like mail art, street art and art made with the intention of being reproduced anywhere, downloaded or passed around. I am a painter and an art theorist too! I’m into critical theory and philosophy especially how economic and political systems drive and/or manipulate art production and structures that exist and survive outside of that.
HOLLAfact about your Buenos Aires: There are tons of cool queer and feminist stencils around.
What was your first experience with street harassment? I was only 12! My family and I were on holiday in Mar del Plata and took my younger brother to play Street Fighter in an arcade while my mum did some shopping. I was alone playing tetris, sitting on a tall stool. This short man came and stood beside me. It took me ages to realize that the hard thing pressing into my hip wasn’t the stool. He was grinning at me. I ran away and pushed the stool over towards him. I tried to tell my brother but he didn’t really understand, so I went to our hotel and locked myself in the bathroom for a few hours and cried. It was a truly horrific experience!
Say you’re Queen for the day, what would you do to end street harassment? Make a machine that made one feel what it is like to experience street harassment. Make it compulsory for street harassers. Extend it to other forms of gender violence.
My superheroine power is … My badass strut!
Define your style: I like baggy/big teamed with skinny and simple shoes. I love signature jewelry. I’m all about fabrics.
What do you collect? Small handmade ceramic cups and teapots.
If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Live your life your own way.
In the year 2020, street harassment … will be something people can talk about and feel comfortable discussing in public as an offense.
Tell us more! I identify as queer. I (mostly) like gurls. Peace
What inspires you? People who fight the good fight and those that support them.
If anyone needs help with translations, Inti Maria has experience in translation, especially from Spanish and Portuguese into English.
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