The works of Barbara Kruger bring this phrase to life. Kruger's works challenges the societal ideals placed on gender roles. Many of her works have become an assertive statement on women's roles in our society, often over powered by men and the stereotypes placed by men. Kruger's work is highly recognizable. She employs the use of photographs from media sources, she then crops and enlarges them. Words are then added to the photograph, manipulating the original intention of the photographs. The pieces are, as a rule, black and white with red. The phrases Kruger chooses juxtapose the photographs, short and powerful, cause the viewer to question original standards placed before them. In relation to women, Kruger's work causes women to challenge the limitations put on them by men. Phrases such as, "Do I have to give up me to be loved by you?" and "You are not yourself." force women to question the changes they must go through to be accepted in our society. Kruger's works force our society to face the obstruction of women's individuality and freedom.
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