Unfreezing categories as a vital necessity (Part #1)
Produced on the occasion of the G20 Summit (London, April 2009)
In preparation for the much-heralded, key meeting of the G20 Group in London (March 2009), two striking images were produced. The negatives are reproduced below:
|Fifty who will frame a way forward |
Financial Times, 11 March 2009
|G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors |
Horsham, 15 March 2009
What is so striking about these images? Both have the traditional predominance of "white males". But to clarify further, of the 50 identified by the Financial Times, 5 are women (blurred out in white). Of the 46 present at the G20 Finance Meeting, 2 are women (blurred out in black). This treatment might have been rendered even more striking by blurring out the women using white, and the "non-whites" using black.
Despite the confusion and obfuscation over who actually had any responsibility for the financial crisis and the management of its evolution, there is a significant consensus that a failure of regulatory overview has been a key factor. It is therefore reasonable to ask:
The focus of the argument here is not on the questionable representation of "non-whites" and "women" -- old issues as yet unresolved -- as with the proportion of women in national parliaments, of which the above situation is a reflection (Inter-Parliamentary Union, Women in National Parliaments, 2009)..ipu.org/wmn-e/arc/classif280209.htm">Women in National Parliaments, 2009).