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
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.
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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