The collage is made up of many separate pieces; each piece is an ink drawing on white cardboard cut around the shape of the drawing. The viewer can move the pieces around creating their own narratives about gender in sport, challenging stereotypes and preconceptions. The drawings includes: objects used in different sports, figures representing a range of gender identities, body parts, sports wear and words and punctuation, especially question marks, so that the viewer can pose direct questions relating to this subject, both visually and verbally.


Who Decides?

Created by Lilly Williams, 2019

Contributed by Alejandra Benítez Silva, 2019

Commissioned by GRACE

Keywords: Collage, Women, Sport, Inequality

The collage —or moving drawing— explores objects related to sport and associated with gender. The piece gives the audience the opportunity not only to challenge traditional gender norms and discourses, but also to create narratives to find new ways of being in the world —in this case, in the sport world. The piece aims to create the feeling of excitement, of seeing someone —even just for a moment— liberated from the gendered expectations forced upon them. In the words of the artist, the title attests, ‘to the autonomy of the viewer within the piece —being able to make their own narrative and decide for themselves how this picture looks. But also inviting them to question who is making the decision about how we are seen, what we do, in our own lives, and in society in general.’

Sport is an integral part of our contemporary societies in which sex and gender differences are reproduced. In sport, notions of what must be considered female and masculine are socialized and written and unwritten rules about what people can do according to their biological sex are transmitted and used to legitimize a system based on male power and privilege. However, sport is also a site where sex and gender power relations are challenged and contested making possible social and cultural transformations.