Mónica MAYER

  • Born 1954 in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Based in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Photo: Victor Lerma

Mónica Mayer is a pioneer of feminist art in Mexico who has produced numerous pieces that expose gender inequality. In The Clothesline, a participation project that she began in 1978, she invites the audience to write anonymously on pink sheets of paper about the experiences of sexual harassment or oppression they experience in their everyday lives. By providing a safe environment where people can share their feelings, Mayer makes the audience aware of the double standards in our social structures, creating a starting point from which to dialogue and develop solidarity.

Selected Works

The Clothesline Project (solo), National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA
Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
When in Doubt... Ask: A Retrocollective Exhibit of Mónica Mayer (solo), Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo [MUAC], Mexico City, Mexico
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art [MOCA], Los Angeles, USA
7th NIPAF Asia Performance Art Series, Tokyo, Japan
  • El Tendedero (The Clothesline), 1978, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Photo: Victor Lerma
  • Courtesy of the Pinto mi Raya Archive