Sol Valls is a young Argentinian feminist, 21 years old,who is one of those millennial multitaskers for the common good. A student of journalism, social networker, a painter, an actress and an avid and eternal learner of new things. She is currently living in Costa Rica with her parents during the COVID19 emergency after some time in New York undertaking drama classes.
“The Owl and the Pussycat” was one of her acting performances that transformed her view on some of the crisiswomen face during their lives. “A drama of the sixties, I represented a sex worker who is kicked out of her apartment at three am and has to make her way to find a place to spend the night, among other struggles...”.
This is connected to her art collection, Risvegli Azzurri(Blue Awakenings), that consists of a large series of more than thirty acrylic-on-canvas portraits of, mostly, women that are “aesthetically imperfect” and beautiful. “I have always loved imperfections, commonly interpreted as flaws, because they represent the ireplicablejourney of each individual. They are proof of memories and of one’s personality. For me, they are what conforms one’s beauty”. Following this line of thought, the women shepaints are not perfect, buthuman: “They made mistakes and mistakes have been made upon them. They loved and they suffered. They share in commontheir fight through life. They stand looking at you with their big eyes, shamelessly, inviting you to peek into their personal stories”.
“Women are my weakness and source of strength. I admire women. I grew to be a strong woman thanks to all the wonderful feminine figures that surrounded me since I was a little girl, my mother especially”.
Her art can be found at her Instagram: @risvegliazzurri___ https://www.instagram.com/risvegliazzurri___/
“My collection of paintings is a shout out that aims to eradicate the common prejudice of abused women as miserable, traumatized for life, even useless individuals to replace it with a much more real, powerful and encouraging vision, which is: brave, strong, sexy, fun, active, alive women, that were abused, yes, but do not allow those past experiences to determine their present. They neither forget nor forgive the authors of the injustices they suffered, but they do move on from them”.
Nevertheless, Sol chose to find her way back to finish her journalist career started in Argentina, especially because she wants to continue supporting what she calls the feminist revolution of which she has been a part of. “I believe every woman is a world, with its own individuality, personal tastes, values, beliefs, desires, and concerns. The magic that sparks when two or more feminine worlds collide is unique, and invincible. The activation of therevolution is about women claiming their rights and demanding the world changes once and for all, especially regarding equality and an end to violence”.
Sol claims that there are many stories that will never be known unless women tell them. “That’s why I want to continue in journalism. I want to combine news with literature so that people become genuinely interested in published topics”.
“In Argentina, the feminist revolution is growing stronger every day. But that does not mean that injustice towards women has stopped. On the contrary, numbers of femicides are consistent throughout the whole country and, especially during social isolation and quarantine, numbers have risen sharply and update every day. Today, statistics for the month of march (the so-called “month of women”) show that a woman is murdered every 12 hours. My country is beautiful but complex. I will always want to return there”, she says as her eyes fill with expectation.
As to a place in the rest of the word that she would like to live in and visit, she did not hesitate to talk about Africa, especially Uganda where she had distant relatives in the past on her father’s side. “I’m sure it’s a world completely different from Argentina, I feel a spiritual connection that calls me. I’d like to spend a long period of time there to get to know different communities”.
Regarding social networks, the young Argentinian uses them to do activism for the causes she believes in, such as women rights, climate change, and animal rights, but also as platforms to share and sell her art ( @risvegliazzurri___ ), and to create social projects. An example of this last use isIntrospecciones (Introspections), a photojournalism project she started some years ago with the purpose of promoting empathy within the youths.
The directive is to write a personal thought on how you feel and why. The length is undelimited and it can be in any language. Along with the text each participant must submit an unfilteredpicture of themselves looking at the camera. Sol often gives details on how to take them so as to create a bigger impact on the audiences.
The particularity of the project is that each text goes published with a picture that doesn’t belong to the author, which means that texts and pictures of all participants are mixed, guaranteeing anonymity the everyone.
“Texts don’t have to make perfect sense as long as the author is being honest about their feelings, that is the substance of my project: sincerity and openness”, she expresses, while explaining that she edits every text with the goal of making them more fluent and understandable to the audiences.
“I believe we are experiencing times when active introspection is more alive than ever”.
You can follow the project and participate at @introspecciones_ on Instagram.https://www.instagram.com/introspecciones_/ .
“World Pulse has called my attention because of the universal unity of women. There is nothing more powerful and beautiful than women fighting for their dreams, while supporting and taking care of each other. Sorority and solidarity can make the revolution. I see WP as a platform where trust and safety are the key to publish what we live and think without scruples”.
Sol: Congratulations to the women who have created it, they were visionary at an earlier time when there was no such legitimacy.