Exhibitions. PASSWORDS. New Representation on Femininity
FEMINIST ART PRACTICE AND NEW BODY REPRESENTATIONS
Cabello / Carceller, Laura Cottingham, Yolanda de los Bueis, Gabriela and Sally Gutiérrez Dewar, Carme Nogueira, Annie Sprinkle and Maria Beatty, Terre Thaemlitz and Zer@.
Curated by Erreakzioa-Reacción
The selection of the proposed video works has been carried out with the aim of provoking and strange feeling around a biological or essential concept of the term ‘woman’ and of the woman/femininity pairing.
Simone de Beauvoir said, “one is not born a woman; one becomes one.” Likely, we could add, “one is not born a man, one becomes one.” Teresa de Lauretis used the expression ‘gender technologies’ to define the group of institutions and techniques, such as cinema, the world of art, law, or public bathrooms producing the ‘truth’ of masculinity and femininity.
The Feminist Art Movement was born in the United States during the decade of the sixties and, since then, the body becomes an experimental and knowledge field that is the starting point for many female artists’ work. Within this process, a new concept of it would make easier other identifications contributing to the creation of imageries empowering these female artists.
One of the aims of a feminist art practice has been the setting of a vanishing line around essentialist approaches to sex and gender. Thus, the creation of new representation codes denaturing femininity and masculinity will provide us with identification spaces for a wider range of body possibilities.
January 25th - May 18th, 2008.