PDNB Gallery presents Delilah Montoya: "The New Warriors" opening reception
A recent exhibition at MOMA’s PS1, "Body Armor" featured four women artists that conveyed expressions of power and identity, through their garments, or objects worn, to define femininity. This exhibition coincided with the current #MeToo movement, which will be one of many in the future to address this cultural phenomenon.
Delilah Montoya’s photographs were represented in this PS1 show. The series featured was her notable "New Warriors" series, a document of female boxers from the Southwest. PDNB Gallery is exhibiting these photographs.
Montoya sees these women as malcriadas, defined as an ill-mannered servant or bad girl. In her interpretation, the boxers are going against the rules of the female profile. These women dictate what they desire. The young women, who lead many roles, as mother, wife, employee and athlete, find time to pursue their dream to be a professional boxer. Their serious participation involves daily workouts in the gym, taking hits like a man, and building muscles and endurance.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through December 29.