Review: Leave me Shout

Avenue Road Gallery owners Billy Kinsella and Jennette Donnelly with artist Nina Franco

Avenue Road Gallery owners Billy Kinsella and Jennette Donnelly with artist Nina Franco

It’s hanging sweetly on the wall of the Avenue Road Gallery, an intriguing flash of colour. It lulls the viewer into its pink and curvy palette. From afar it looks like a landscape, an illustration, a Japanese comic character perhaps. A relief from the punches delivered by Brazilian photographer Nina Franco’s “Leave me Shout” exhibition.

And then it hits. It’s not an abstract form but a pair of perfect, pert bare butt-cheeks. The girl is bent over, hand snaking through soft thighs, giving the viewer a firm middle finger in lieu of labia, which ends exactly on… yep. It’s called The Hole. The Hole is as sweet, sharp and fearless as its author. Nina is a feminist with a message, which she delivers in a soft, smiling Brazilian lilt.

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