The other theme in the exhibition is the life of the character, La Supervioleta. This character, for Anna, is the prototypical feminist woman, over 40 years old, urban, good-hearted but a-know-it-all, constantly fighting to be more feminist than the rest. Jessa Crispin in her 2016 book, Why I’m Not a Feminist writes that “Reclamation is hard work. Finding value in your group’s characteristics means always having to confront the darkness in those characteristics.” Anna Jonsson delves into that dark side and demands self-criticism within feminism with her character La Supervioleta. She assures that “to be strong we must be able to laugh at ourselves.”
In 2008, she began a series of Supervioleta videos, intending to make one every year and show it on her YouTube channel, @TheSupervioleta, on March 8th. However, according to Jonsson, “as a good bad feminist, I have not fulfilled my aim of making one every year. I made them when I felt like it. I am not a serious activist. I sincerely believe that my feminist struggle needs to be fun. Otherwise, it becomes very difficult to continually point out injustices, even minor ones. I don’t know, … such as counting the photos in a newspaper and compare how many are of men and how many are of women and tell everyone around me.”
Presented in the exhibition are three La Supervioleta videos she completed this summer; Sofagate 2, Al Ataque (Ready to Attack), and La Lenta (The Slow One The people close to her are fundamental in the process of making her videos. They support the feminist cause and her project with their acting and technical assistance. When taking photos and shooting videos she likes to work with one clean take and without post-production. Maintaining a high level of spontaneity and playfulness in the process is important to her. In order “to transmit the message and make it bearable. I think that a serious message gets under your skin with laughter.”
The premiere of the performance La gran batalla supervioleta (The Great Supervioleta Battle) brings the themes of this exhibit together. This is a duel (Drum-Duel) between two drummers (Amanda Palma and Carolina Cebrino) led by a master of ceremonies (Greta García). The three Supervioletas, rap during the battle. They are competing to see “Who is the best feminist?”
The exhibition El tigre con salsa violeta brings Anna Jonsson’s world to us, the version she has decided to share with us. Reflection, discussion, and even controversy are served up. We will see where they lead us.