by Juliana Gonçalves
MG - Brazil, 2021

Two genders look at each other from a distance of two and a half metres. This large painting uses the physical expanse as a metaphor for the ways in which gendered inequalities grew during the COVID-19 pandemic. A vivid red colour, a river of blood, separates the figures, emphasising the stark contrast in care and highlighting the social divide. The simple but powerful composition of the painting serves as a reminder of the unequal impact of the pandemic on different socioeconomic groups and prompts reflection on the systemic hierarchies that perpetuate such inequities.

This is Gender (In)Equality 2023