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Lorde wore a feminist essay on her Grammys dress

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Emily Reynolds
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Feminist themes continue to appear at awards ceremonies – and at this year’s Grammy’s, Lorde has pulled out all the stops.

It all kicked off with the emeraldsall-black and shiny pins of the Golden Globes. And the new trend for feminist protest on the red carpet shows no sign of stopping, with stars wearing white roses to show solidarity with the Time’s Up movement at last night’s Grammy Awards (28 Jan). 

And one star went even further: singer Lorde, who accessorised her dress with a poem by feminist artist Jenny Holzer. 

The poem reads as follows:

“Rejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take courage, for the worst is a harbinger of the best. Only dire circumstance can precipitate the overthrow of oppressors. The old and corrupt must be laid to waste before the just can triumph. Contradiction will be heightened. The reckoning will be hastened by the staging of seed disturbances. The apocalypse will blossom”.

Holzer, from whose Inflammatory Essays the piece is taken from, is best known for her bold text-based pieces, many of which are delivered in public spaces. Some of her most famous works include phrases (which she refers to as ‘truisms’) placed on cinema marquees, on billboards and on illuminated electronic displays. Holzer also describes her work as having a focus on “the delivery of words and ideas in public spaces”, making Lorde’s statement even more apt. 

Feminism has also been a theme throughout Lorde’s work. Speaking to 60 Minutes in 2017, the singer said that feminism, for her, was “about all the women who may not have the opportunities that I have, all the privileges that I have”, and that the movement should be about “trying to fight for better conditions and better treatment of all women, whether that be trans women, or women of colour, or women in professions that don’t get a lot of respect.”

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