The act of laughing occurs for different reasons and has different meanings. As it has different meanings, the reactions to the act of laughing also vary. Laughter theory is important to understand the logic of laughing. Laughing can turn into a method of relieving stress, or it can turn into an act of rebellion, which must be prevented in order to suppress societies and as a resultant opposition. In this article, the theory of laughter and the social and individual causality of laughter will be examined. In male-dominated societies, women’s laughter is tried to be put under social pressure as a problem. Roxana Halls, who paints about women and the act of laughing, is one of the important artists in this context. Roxana Halls seeks ways to break the transformation of social pressures internalized by women into a self-control mechanism and uses Helene Cixous’s concept of Feminine writing in the conceptual infrastructure of her works. The artist, who has painted the act of laughing in her paintings, which are mostly female portraits and female figures, visualizes the female revolt. The transformation of laughter into an act of rebellion in the context of post-structuralist feminist philosophy in connection with the fact that laughter is an action that needs to be controlled in oppressive and male-dominated societies, the liberation of women's body and its use as a method of self-expression with a critical style in Roxana Halls’artwork will be examined in the context of graphic design.
Keywords: Laughter, feminizm, Roxana Halls, graphic design