Lilian Klasens

Lilian Anneloes (03-03-1997) is a Dutch visual artist, writer and filmmaker.?Her works mainly revolve around social-political issues concerning gender, sex, sexuality and personal experiences.
"I’m also often called an "angry woman"; I’d much rather call myself a feminist (an equalist) but according to the general population, being an "angry woman" and being a “feminist” equates to the same thing. And maybe that is part of the problem. An opinionated woman is an "angry woman", while an opinionated man is just an opinionated man.
I can’t help but translate the still existent fear and preprogrammed hatred of typically feminine traits (“caring", “empathy", “vanity" and “frumpiness”, but also the presenting oneself more femininely as a male - or female -, the having of certain preferences like ethical, political, and sexual) which is also?called ‘femphobia’ into the phenomenon we know so well as misogyny. In a society where typically female traits are being accursed in both sexes, whereas masculine traits are still perceived as superior and dominant: this still feels as a masked hatred of women.
In all, the big gender issue is not a problem caused by men, nor is it caused by women. I am convinced that we’re talking about a systematic problem in our (social) media, religion, traditions and culture. These socializing aspects can be decisive and divisive in the way men and women are to act in our western world according to accepted social mores. There is something in my rapist’s mind that made him think I owed him “something” because of this ingrained thinking and behavior.
These, and so many other aspects in the convulsions of a white, heteronormative, patriarchal system, I address in my films, my drawings and my writings. Art is a way of communicating, so I recon I’d use it as a way to communicate what needs to be heard. I will not march on women day, or wear t-shirts saying ‘Pussy Power’. I do not wish to be linked to the exclusive, white and misandrist kind of feminism I so heavily fight against.
The storytelling and accessible aspect in film as a medium makes it possible to reach the general public and get my statement across. In our internet and smartphone ruled visual culture it is easy to reach a regular civilian via digital platforms. Through film and writing, I take a more personal, narrative approach; I hope for a certain recognizability in the stories told by me and others: and this works. When (in 2016) I put my secret autobiographic story ‘Onkruid’ online, for months I got several messages and comments from young women and men thanking me for making this film. In my drawings, I seem to take a quite different approach. By creating striking, provoking figurative images, I’m hoping for a certain reaction of compassion, empathy or even disgust, attempting to open a discussion which is hopefully open to both men, women and the so many in-betweens.
There is a responsibility that comes with being a visual artist in a visual culture, and I hope to take this responsibility well and influence this worldly culture in an urge to shift the norms into an egalitarian state”.