CORSETS THEN & NOW at Zina Gallery, Cluj
[11.12.2020 - 7.02.2021]
Curator: Valentina Iancu
The exhibition brings a series of visual projects together, which jointly wish to integrate the presence of female ancestors into the becoming of the personal artistic body.
The metaphor present in the title introduces the hegemony of norms as a stratified continuum from which each escape is (only) an interruption of the status-quo. The corset, this oppressive vestimentary item, is considered to be a
symbol of the patriarchy-induced pressure. The removal from oblivion of certain women, the embodying and subsequently resignifying such histories within the creative process can feel like an intimate “un-corsetting”.
Jasmina Al Qaisi, Aurora Kiraly, Alexandra Ivanciu, Jolanta Nowaczyk and Spot the women! bring the marks, the development, the knowledge, the failure and the recognition inherent in the processes of artistic becoming, into discussion. These five proposals joined under “Corsets Then and Now” are critical subjectifications of the mechanisms which represent art’s values. The works, based on artistic research, formulate micro-ontologies which disorientate the field of history.
More info about the exhibition here: https://zinagallery.com/corsets-then-and-now-viewing-room/