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Fragments of Feminity at BAC! Festival

Barcelona, Dec. 1st, 2009 - Jan. 3rd, 2010

Fragments of Feminity: Branka Cvjeticanin, Ardan Özmenoglu, Emmanuelle Rapin
Curated by Katerina Valdivia Bruch

The exhibition Fragments of Feminity reconsiders some topics of the feminine imagery in the work of three artists: Branka Cvjeticanin (Croatia), Ardan Özmenoglu (Turkey) and Emmanuelle Rapin (France).

Branka Cvjeticanin explores Balkan war with her video War fields. The work is going back to three generations of women in her family history. Stories about women, but also about war phenomena and how they are transferred from one generation to the other.

Emmanuelle Rapin uses embroidery to depict unsatisfactory male models and to present schizofrenic views towards the feminine body. Embroidery is for her a means to connect her work with her personal history and her childhood memories. She considers it a sort of combination between feminine and male traits. Sewing itself is a gesture; it is not merely a feminine act, rather a way to do graphic work. For instance, in the embroidery on paper Lieu du Crime (Tatort) or in the drawings with pointillist perforations, Grotesque Code 9026 and Grotesque Bicéphale, the artist incorporates violent images such as guns, knives and scissors,  which are part of her childhood memories, having a father who is a hunter and a veterinarian.

In Ardan Özmenoglu´s installation A Dream of a Man, a number of ceramic women´s breasts are placed on walls and on the floor to accentuate, but also exaggerate male fixations about the feminine body. The artist deliberately shows breasts in different sizes and forms to overdraw the attention of women as erotic power, as possible nurturing mothers, but also as mother earth, creating a topographic image of a breast landscape.

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